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Legal paperwork may be served through Facebook

North Carolina couples who are on the brink of divorce may be able to save themselves some time in court. Recently, a nurse sent her divorce notice on Facebook to start the process.

While divorces are commonly linked to marriage and adultery, a Ghanaian nurse's reason to separate from her husband was due to cultural differences. Her husband promised her a traditional Ghanaian wedding. However, according to a recent report, he did not keep his word.

After trying to contact him by phone, e-mail, private detective and trying to track his automobile through a motor vehicle search, she could not find him. But she knew he was a Facebook enthusiast. She got permission from a judge to serve him divorce papers through a private Facebook message.

But she's not the only one who used the social media site for legal issues in a New York court system. A husband contacted his ex-wife, who was also nowhere to be found, to notify her that he did not want to pay child support anymore. Facebook may not only be a way to connect with those who are difficult to track down, but the social media site also has an automatic notification to let people know when a message has been read.

Local judges refer to sending legal documentation through Facebook as "service of process." This form of sending legal documentation may not be acceptable in other states.

For people who are concerned about not being able to contact someone for a legal matter may want to contact an attorney. This may be a useful way to find acceptable ways to serve legal paperwork on a state-by-state basis.

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