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Social media clauses showing up in more prenuptial agreements

As prenuptial agreements become more common among couples seeking to get married, so too are the types of clauses that are included in them. It is becoming commonplace to see in-law provisions that limit the amount of time that in-laws may come to visit. Also, fidelity clauses may trigger penalty payments or force a person to surrender property in the event that an extramarital affair leads to a divorce.

But perhaps the most intriguing provision of all comes in the form of social media clauses. Essentially, these clauses govern what potentially warring spouses may or may not say online in the midst of a divorce or even after the proceedings conclude. 

With more people sharing their life experiences online, social media clauses are gaining traction because of how brokenhearted spouses may take to the Internet to air their grievances. This is likely why revenge porn and online bullying has become so problematic. It only takes a few clicks for a jilted spouse to broadcast dirty laundry to everyone who cares to see it.

With that said, prospective couples are trying to protect themselves from vindictive exes. They are pledging that they will not post incriminating photos or make disparaging statements about each other online. While it may seem novel given how active people are on the Internet, considering social media clauses may say something about the quality of the relationship.

Nevertheless, couples who are considering prenuptial agreements should consult an experienced family law attorney to learn about their rights and options.

Source: Time.com “People are getting social media prenups,” Charlotte Atler, June 5, 2014

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