Saturday 27 December 2014

Increase in couples getting 'social media pre-nup'

Published 28/07/2014 | 14:34

Nearly two thirds of social media users say that sites like Facebook and Twitter make them feel inadequate about their own lives and achievements
Nearly two thirds of social media users say that sites like Facebook and Twitter make them feel inadequate about their own lives and achievements

As the number of divorces citing Facebook rises to over 1 in 3, more and more couples are opting for a pre-marriage social media agreement.

The legal documents, known as 'social media pre-nups' cover everything from sharing an 'unattractive' picture of your spouse to your online behaviour if the relationship ends.

The prevention of 'Revenge Porn' is the obvious reason to opt for a social pre-nup but at least one of these agreements was reported to include a $50,000 penalty for posting an 'unflattering' picture.

These agreements provide for the end of the relationship but also legally limit what your spouse can share throughout the relationship.

ABC reported that up to 80% of divorce lawyers say that social media is discussed during divorce proceedings, and over 30% of divorce filings cite Facebook as contributing to the split.

Would you be tempted to legally limit what your spouse could share online? What would you include in a social media pre-nup? Let us know in the comments below.

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