I don’t know if it’s a sign of the times, but we are certainly at that day and age. I’m talking about the new trend of online pre-nups. Now lawyers may be thinking, “Great! Another way to make some cash!” So you might be wondering if you’re now supposed to learn how to negotiate pre-marriage, or hassle over what you’re putting on Facebook or Twitter.
Much like anything else, it’s become a bit of a rift between couples during divorce. They’re wagging their dog, and looking back and saying, “Okay, this is a conversation that should have been had ahead of time.” And there’s even one particular attorney who’s been really pushing for this trend of online pre-nups. Obviously, again, that’s another potential revenue stream for people. But let’s stop to think about it. Social media has been sighted in a lot of divorces and it has a cause for the irreconcilable differences between couples.
When you stop to think about how big a part Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, can play, it’s important to have the conversation. Social media affects everyone, especially in the lives of younger couples. Some of the terms that we see coming up in the social media pre-nuptials include discussions about not obviously putting up any nude photographs or some salaciously looking photographs. Well, as you know, people are into that kind of stuff. That’s okay, but when you part ways and you’ve got an incentive, potentially, to be spiteful or be vindictive, that can be a problem.
There’s also the unflattering or ugly photos that can be an issue. A few years ago, there was the incident we all remember with Russel Brand. He was with Katey Perry and he put up a photo of her with no makeup. You wouldn’t even know it was her by looking at it. Even though he quickly deleted it, once it’s out there, it’s out there. That’s especially true if you’re a high profile celebrity. These would be things like embarrassing, drunk pictures. They could also be posts about fights or disagreements. I mean, these are all the sorts of content that can end up possibly getting into the hands of employers and then having lasting impacts on people’s lives after the relationship. So it’s about having a conversation.
These are basically contracts that they’ve drawn up and they’ve laid them out there. If you’ve never seen such a prenuptial agreement, they’re not much different from a normal one. Basically, for example, it would say something this: John Doe is specifically prohibited from posting private or embarrassing images of one another on social media without a prior written verbal consent from spouse.