Why a social media prenuptial agreement may not be a bad idea

Social media prenups are becoming more popular and they may actually help combat some serious problems.

More couples are including social media clauses to protect reputations and careers

People increasingly spend more and more of their lives online, and in many cases, such as being tagged in a friend's photo or post, it can be difficult for people to control what information about themselves gets onto the Internet. As a result, many young couples are including social media clauses in their prenuptial agreements to make sure a poorly judged Facebook post doesn't end up embarrassing the other spouse, according to Fox News. While this latest family law trend may appear lighthearted, it could actually play an important role in maintaining a career and minimizing the damage posed by a vengeful ex-spouse.

What is a social media prenup?

The so-called social media prenup is really any agreement between soon-to-be-married couples that details what is and isn't acceptable for spouses to post about each other on social media. In many cases, specific rules may be laid out in an actual prenuptial agreement. While the term is usually applied to prenuptial agreements, similar clauses can also be included in postnuptial and cohabitation agreements.

In most cases, the punishment for violating the agreement is fairly mild. A husband who posts an unflattering picture of his wife, for example, may be forced to clean the house for a week. For high-income households, however, there may be a monetary penalty of up to $50,000, according to ABC News.

Not just a joke

While many are bound to see the social media prenup as a bit lighthearted, some matrimonial attorneys say the agreements have a very serious purpose. For example, online bullying and revenge porn have become powerful and dangerous tools for bitter ex-spouses to use against former partners. That sort of harassment is not only emotionally damaging, but once such material is posted online it can be almost impossible to remove.

Furthermore, since many people rely on a good public reputation in order to maintain their careers, embarrassing Facebook and Twitter posts can lead to serious professional repercussions. Since it can be difficult in many relationships to know when a certain professional boundary may be crossed by posting an item to social media, the rise of the social media prenup may be the best way of ensuring marriages don't turn sour because of some poorly judged online behavior.

Divorce and social media

Social media is becoming an ever growing issue in divorce cases throughout the United States, and in some cases a person's behavior on social media could have an impact on the terms of his or her divorce agreement. Anybody who is currently going through a divorce should contact a qualified family law attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can offer valuable advice to his client about how to take the best and most long-term approach throughout the divorce process.

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