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Social media prenuptial agreements are a hot topic now

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and other social media websites are a great way for people to interact with each other. It now seems that all of these social media websites play an important role in many prenuptial agreements since couples are turning to social media prenups to govern how each party uses the websites.

Social media prenups can entail a host of clauses and penalties. They can include information about who can post what and when. They can include clauses that forbid one party from posting certain types of pictures or information if the relationship ends. Basically, any activity you can do on any social media website could be covered in the prenuptial agreement.

These prenups will sometimes include how to interact on social media with specific people, such as ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends. The prenup might require unfriending, blocking or unfollowing that person. It might require avoiding all private contact with that person.

Some couples have specific penalties for violations of the social media prenup. Monetary penalties are one type of penalty that you might include in a social media prenup.

It is also possible to include dating websites in the social media prenuptial agreement. In that case, it might require that both parties close out their dating website profiles at the same time.

If a social media prenup is something you and your soon-to-be spouse are considering, make sure that you are clear on the terms. Learning how to spell things out clearly in the agreement might help you to avoid problems if the prenup is violated in the future.

Source: Hartford Courant, "Love Notes: New Relationship? Do You Have A Social Media Prenup?," Teresa M. Pelham, May 21, 2016

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