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Social media prenup may avoid divorce over humiliating posts

Many Texas couples are likely aware of the fact that it has become more common for many couples to sign a social media prenup. Social media is part of the lives of almost everybody, and it is not surprising that Facebook has proved to be a factor in many a divorce -- in fact, some say in almost a third of all divorces. People post items on social media on the spur of the moment, forgetting that an item, once posted, cannot be removed. Most posts, especially those that may embarrass another person are almost instantly shared, potentially across the globe.

In an effort to avoid such situations, many couples now add a social media agreement to their prenuptial -- or postnuptial -- agreement. Being proactive and mutually deciding on posts that are taboo may avoid embarrassment and humiliation for both spouses. When discussing this, nude photos and posts about a spouse’s bad habits may be obvious posts to avoid. However, couples may also want to consider those matters that are not so obvious, such as befriending previous lovers or establishing new friendships with individuals of the opposite sex.

Couples may want to include steps to be taken in the event of a spouse posting an inappropriate item. Apart from deleting the post immediately, a requirement for a public apology may be recorded in the prenuptial agreement. Another stipulation may be the amount, if any, of access the spouses will have to each other’s social media accounts. Some may decide it is a good idea to agree to post anything relating to the other party together.

Couples in Texas may find that sitting down and calmly discussing their likes and dislikes about social media could actually create a better understanding of each other and bring them closer together. Couples who plan to get married, along with those who are already married, may want to inquire about drafting such an agreement in a legal way that would be binding in the event of a dispute or divorce. Support is available for guiding them through the process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "OMG... What Did You Post?! Why Every Couple Today Needs a Social Media Prenup", Sheri Meyers, June 13, 2014

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