The latest development in prenuptial agreements is forming. Couples are more than ever inserting social media clauses in their pre-nuptial agreements which inform how the couple will treat each other in the digital media space.
We all have things we’d prefer not posted online, but what if it was your significant other doing the posting? A popular new trend is the ‘social media prenup.’
This ‘SMP’ agreement is intended to protect the individuals’ reputation and keep any embarrassing or personal pictures off of the internet by prohibiting the other partner from posting them.
A typical social media clause would state that couples can’t post nude or embarrassing photos that might harm their significant other’s reputation. It’s just a way for people to really put down on paper what the expectations are that after you’re divorced or when you’re in the midst of a divorce that you’re going to treat each other with respect.
Here at McCorryConnollySolicitors.co.uk we can ensure that you navigate this new addition to the legal minefield surrounding divorce and separation.
While social media clauses are new, prenuptial agreements are legally binding and the penalty in this case is usually monetary. If you acquire this digital media over the course of the marriage, you have a responsibility not to expose it to any third party, or use it on any social media site that is going to get immediate exposure.
Social media prenups are not just for celebrities or high-profile couples. It’s for anybody that has a business that’s built upon and relies upon their personal brand, whether it’s an interior designer or a doctor. These types of things are important and can result in people losing their jobs and their livelihood. That is why it is worth considering early on and you can rest assured that McCorry Connolly Solicitors are with for what could be considered as a tricky area of family law.
Not every couple may find it necessary to have a social prenup in writing — but the conversation may help a couple identify areas of what can or cannot be posted online.
We don’t live in an age where you can just turn over the photos and burn the negatives to prevent yourself from ever having to see something embarrassing exposed.
This digital media travels and it’s often almost impossible to remove once it’s on the Internet.
The involvement of social networking in divorce proceedings is on the rise and it is important to consider what happens when two people who have posted, tweeted, Vine-d and Instagram-ed every aspect of their coupledom arguments? The result is messy and so applying a simple prenuptial to the online dating game may be just what is needed.
We’ve seen the kind of digital warfare and ugliness that can erupt in the wake of a breakup — from the vicious to the humiliating (post-breakup, drunk Snapchats) to the merely awkward (that photo that got tagged way after the split). Get McCorry Connolly Solicitors involved – we can ease the burden of family law complications in this instance.