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Deadbeat parents can’t hide: Legal papers now delivered through Facebook

Want to avoid facing a judge over your divorce or child support issue? In the past, some deadbeat parents could just avoid the process server charged with delivering their court summons. But now thanks to Facebook, deadbeats have one less place to hide.

A New York City family court ruled on September 12 that Staten Island man, Noel Biscocho, could use Facebook to serve his ex-wife with a legal notice regarding child support.

The decision was the first of its kind in both New York and the United States. So, why did the family court rule this way?

Well, because Biscocho had not been able to deliver papers in any of the normal ways. The man's ex-wife, Anna Maria Antigua, had moved with no forwarding address, and his children were not responding to his phone calls.

Further, Biscocho was also able to show in court that Antigua was regularly liking and posting photos, demonstrating that she "maintains an active social media account with Facebook." And because he had already tried all other methods, the court finally agreed that he did "have a means by which he can contact (Antigua) ... namely the existence of a social media account."

But how will the courts evolve with respect to their relationship with social media? Will it remain a "last-ditch effort" solution or will it become more mainstream?

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