Social media prenups are on the rise and can get costly for the partner who breaks that agreement in a rage of jealousy or scorn. Social networks have morphed into an abyss for slander and utter embarrassment as more and more couples hop online to state their case for divorce or breakup.
Along with the traditional financial prenup comes something new and something that many think it is ridiculous, according to "Fox and Friend Weekend" on Saturday June 7. A social network prenup dictates that you cannot post embarrassing pictures, like one of your spouse in the nude, along with staying clear of defamation of character.
These social network prenups are created to bar against a failed marriages and relationships airing their dirty laundry online for all to see, according to The Independent. Today its not unusual for all the world to learn what a disgusting human being you've been married to in just a few tweets online, but things said in a fit of anger stay online forever and this is becoming a problem.
People who tweeted in to "Fox and Friends Weekend" on Saturday were appalled to think anyone who didn't trust their partner enough, which would be leading them to create one of these, probably shouldn't be getting married in the first place! Social media "has started to crop up in contracts" in recent months, reports Ann-Margaret Carrozza, an attorney based out of New York.
Clauses ban posts of nude photos along with embarrassing pictures. Frequently the contracts include a clause that bans anything likely to harm a partner's reputation professionally. For each social network disparaging "episode" a client could get up to $50,000 or even more depending on your contract terms. The price is usually set in accordance to the income of the individuals looking for a contract at the time the contract is entered into.
As Time Magazine suggests this isn't just for marriage, it is for couples in relationships. More and more couples are drawing up these contracts that state what you can and cannot post online while the two of you are together. Attorney Carrozza said about the prenup that "it's a huge issue because we all know this stuff, once its out there, you can't shake it.
A family therapist, Sheri Meyers, is writing a book on social network and relationships and she believes all couples should talk about social networks. For every person happy to create a prenup covering social networks, there's another one somewhere that would be devastated if a partner were to ask them to sign one.
Prenups for financial reasons were a tough sell to the general public when they first surfaced for people in the mainstream. For decades celebrities knew the value of one of these agreements, but now just about anyone with a decent job and some accumulated assets are creating prenups before marrying.
The social network prenups are fairly new, but they might have their place in modern times. While it sounds foolish today, it could stave off a world of angst tomorrow.