Serving Divorce Papers on Social Media

Illinois child support attorney, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyer,The introduction and evolution of social media has made a huge impact on a variety of personal and business matters. Now it seems that some people are using social media platforms as a means for expediting the serving of divorce papers to hard to find spouses. This new use of social media platforms has the potential to provide some measure of simplicity in what at times is a time-consuming process.

A New Use for Facebook

As it turns out, an increasing number of judges are approving the use of Facebook to serve hard-to-find spouses because more and more people are easier to find through their online activity. In one of the first cases addressing the issue, the petitioner claimed that even employment of a private investigator provided no results in locating her spouse. However, she had a cell phone number and knowledge of an active social media account used by the husband. The presiding judge ruled that the increased use of social media in a growing number of aspects in life allowed for it to be used as a new forum for delivering a summons.

Other benefits of using social media include:

  • Facebook posts include time stamps and automatic notifications of who sees the post and when they view it.
  • Facebook notifications can be posted free of charge.
  • Saves the expense of hiring a private investigator to locate the spouse.
  • Overcomes the challenges of serving someone who lives in a foreign country.
  • Active social media accounts are often easier to find than a current address, phone number and E-mail account of an individual.

In spite of this development, in-person delivery of divorce papers remains the preferred method. To determine whether or not use of a social media platform may benefit your case it is best to consult an experienced and knowledgeable divorce lawyer.

Protect Yourself and Your Property with Help from an Experienced Illinois Divorce Attorney

Once you have made the decision to follow through with a divorce knowing what steps to take next can sometimes create confusion and anxiety. These are just a few of the reasons to retain the services of a knowledgeable DuPage County divorce lawyer. The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. uses vast resources and years of experience to help ease the frustration and confusion that often accompanies this difficult and uncertain time in your life. Contact their offices today to set up a free initial consultation.



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