'Till online embarrassment do us part: Social media prenups on the rise
You've picked out the rings, flowers and cake, but how about that legally binding prenup that prevents your future spouse from posting embarrassing pictures of you online?
Some couples are nailing down that detail before tying the knot, according to Jenna O'Donnell at The New York Daily News.
These agreements allow couples to set boundaries on what images and information their partner posts on social media websites such as Facebook, Vine and Instagram, O'Donnell wrote.
"Social media is here to stay," Dr. Sheri Meyers, an author and marriage therapist, told the Daily News. "We need to set some boundaries around it without hard feelings."
New-York based attorney Ann-Margaret Carroza said couples have expressed interest in social media prenup clauses during the last few months, reported Lauren Effron at ABC News.
"It’s a huge issue because we all know this stuff, once it’s out there, you can’t shake it. It can be humiliating. ... I expect this clause to become much more important with any of the other contracts," Carroza said.
She added these sort of clauses generally prevent people from posting nude or embarrassing pictures of their spouses, along with information that could negatively impact a person's professional reputation, Effron wrote.
So what happens if an individual violates this agreement? He or she has to pay the price — literally. Carroza said the penalty depends on the individual's worth, but can be $50,000 per violation if he or she brings in under $5 million, the article explained.
These clauses may protect individuals from online embarrassment, but Dr. Karen Ruskin, a relationship expert, said having to tell your significant other not to post embarrassing material and arguing about social media shows something is wrong in the relationship, reported Charlotte Alter at Time.
"If you’re fighting about social media, it means that there is something else going on," Dr. Ruskin told Time. "If your relationship is in a healthy place, you’re likely not to argue about social media. Social media is just spotlighting the problem."
"ABC says that 80 percent of divorce attorneys say discussion of social networking is increasingly common in divorce proceedings for a range of reasons, which means we'll probably be hearing more about prenups like this," Alter wrote. "But it’s not a safety measure — it’s a red flag."
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