Most people have likely heard that in recent times social media has played a role in shaping the future of marriage and divorce. Being able to meet new people online has led some spouses to start affairs. Posts and messages made via social media have also been showing up in divorce proceedings as part of evidence.
Now, social media may perhaps begin to play a new role in divorces here in Florida and across the United States. Recently a judge in another state ruled that a woman could serve her husband divorce papers using Facebook.
The reason behind this ruling has to do with the woman's inability to locate her husband. According to reports, the woman has been trying to serve the papers for several years with no luck. She has been able to reach him by phone and he claims to have no place of employment and no fixed address.
The judge told the woman she had to prove that the Facebook account actually belonged to the husband and that he regularly uses it. The judge pointed out that sites like Twitter and Facebook may be the "next frontier" in terms of a way to serve divorce papers.
If the man refuses the summons, the judge can allow a "divorce by default," according to the woman's lawyer. It will be interesting to see what happens now that the judge has made this ruling. It could definitely have an effect on how other judges across the country rule in the matter.