Court Rules You Can be Served a Summons on Facebook

Be careful how much you “like” on Facebook. A New York city court has ruled that court summons can be served on social media.

According to WXIA, a Staten Island man wanted to modify his child support but his ex-wife proved difficult to find. Her address was not current and calling and texting failed.


But he could see her interacting with people on Facebook, liking and commenting on items posted by mutual friends.

Judge Gregory Gliedman ruled that because all the usual means of reaching her had failed, the man could send her the summons and petition via her active Facebook account. Judge Gliedman noted that this is the first such decision in New York or the United States.


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