An attorney in Australia has used the popular networking website Facebook to notify a couple they lost their home after defaulting on a loan.

The Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court approved lawyer Mark McCormack’s application to use Facebook to serve the legally binding documents last Friday after several failed attempts to contact the couple at the house and by e-mail.

Australian courts have given permission in the past for people to be served via e-mail and text messages when it was not possible to serve them in person.

The National