Younger Couples Are Starting To Sign Social Media Prenups

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 10/01/2014 | 01:00 PM EDT

Divorce lawyers say legal clause may be potential trend in America

Social media has become so damaging to relationships that couples are now starting to sign “social media prenups,” a potential trend some divorce lawyers say is an effective way to police how it is used in one’s married life.


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Without a doubt, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like have become everyday tools in our technological lives. But while said platforms are theoretically meant for good ole social interacting, they are often trappings for infidelity and even harmless flirting, causing many couples to throw in the towel and head to the nearest divorce court.


To prevent such a dilemma, younger couples are starting to set in place social media clauses intended to create rules and guidelines into how social media is used in the context of their marriage.


In addition to half of all American marriages ending in divorce, data over recent years has revealed that social media plays a big role in that.


According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a sharp increase in social media strife has caused major strains in U.S. marriages.


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Prenuptial agreements may lay out how social media is used, such as if a married couple should share accounts and passwords, and whom one can and can’t be friends with (i.e., an ex). Clauses may also prohibit one from saying damaging things about the other person should the couple end up divorced, as it could impact one’s reputation and ability to make money. It could also be quite damaging to children who could become privy to such social media bad mouthing. Such prenups aren’t for everyone, but it’s deemed quite practical for those who engage rather frequently on social media.


As for those who choose not to go to such extremes, it’s still highly recommended that one has a conversation with their partner about expectations before walking down the aisle. It may prevent a lot of drama later down the line.

 

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