Judge Rules That Dad Can Use Facebook To Serve Child Support Papers
A New York father just got permission to use Facebook to notify his ex-wife about changes to their child support agreement.
Family court judge Gregory Gliedman ruled that Facebook was an acceptable form of “alternate service” since Noel Biscocho couldn’t locate his ex-wife, Anna Maria Antigua.
Biscocho had tried everything to locate Antigua, including texting his children for her address and doing a “search on the Google search engine.”
But, as the judge noted, while Antigua could not be found, she was active on Facebook—she had even “Liked” photos posted by Biscocho’s current wife. As such, the judge declared that Biscocho could take the unprecedented step of using Facebook to serve the order, so long as he also mailed a copy to Antigua’s last known address.
While Facebook has never been used as a means of service in New York state court, other courts have allowed it, including those in Virginia and the UK.