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Using Facebook to serve legal papers

For Texas residents who cannot find their spouses to serve them with divorce papers may be able to do the deed with help from the Internet. On April 7, a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice ruled that a New York woman could serve her husband with divorce papers over Facebook after she spent years trying to track him down.

According to the report, the woman became estranged from her husband in 2009, shortly after she married him. However, she could not reach her husband to deliver the divorce papers through traditional means. The court required that the woman exhaust all other routes for getting in touch with her husband; she attempted to reach him by phone, email and searched for him by car. She even reportedly hired a private detective. When this failed, she was granted the request to serve him the papers through Facebook.

This case is not the first time that Facebook has been used to facilitate a divorce. Another case also occurred in the state of New York. In some states, the law does not leave room for interpretation. As such, a decision on how a person may be reached must be considered on a case-by-case basis. Regardless, some believe that the success of these two cases may provide more avenues for others who are having trouble reaching their spouses or ex-spouses in the future.

Before the divorce process can begin, the spouse who did not file for divorce must be served with legal papers. An attorney may help with tracking the other spouse down while assisting with the gathering of financial documents and inventorying all marital assets and debts. Once the other spouse is located, the attorney may assist with negotiating a divorce settlement that benefits both parties.

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