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Social Media Clauses in Prenuptial Agreements

social media, Kane County family lawyersA prenuptial agreement, often called a “prenup” for short, is a legal document which a couple drafts and signs before they get married. The main purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to set forth directives regarding the spouses’ income and assets in the unfortunate event of divorce, separation, or death. Prenups can contain instructions about marital property and non-marital property, spousal support, inheritance rights of children from previous relationships, each spouse’s debts, and financial rights and responsibilities of both spouses during the marriage.

Making a Living Online

Some couples choose to include clauses in their prenuptial agreement which address the role of social media in a couple’s marriage. At first glance, this may seem like an unnecessary and even ridiculous consideration. Skeptics have even suggested that if a couple needs a social media clause that the relationship is doomed to fail. However, many of these individuals are only thinking of social media as a means to stay in touch with friends. For some people, social media is their job.

For example, stars such as Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln Neal III, known collectively as Rhett and Link, have amassed a fortune through their entertaining YouTube videos. They both quit their day jobs years ago and now support themselves and their families through advertisements on their YouTube channels and corporate sponsorships. They call themselves “Internetainers”—an amalgamation of “internet” and “entertainers.” Other examples includes couple Jack Morriss and Lauren Bullen. The two make six-figure incomes traveling the world and taking photographs which they post on Instagram.

Reputation Matters

You may be wondering what social media as an occupation has to do with prenuptial agreements. The answer boils downs to public image. When a person’s online reputation is profoundly connected to their income, it makes sense to legally protect that reputation. Prenuptial agreements that involve a social media clause may include provision about the kind of information and images couples can share about one another across social media platforms.

For example, a person who posts an embarrassing or otherwise reputation-tarnishing picture of their spouse or ex-spouse could be held financially responsible for any damage caused. When a couple gets divorced, angry spouses often act out of resentment and do or say things they would not normally do or say. Many people who choose to use a social media clause in their prenup do so in order to dissuade a disgruntled ex-spouse from purposely posting damaging posts or pictures online.

Contact Us for Help

If you and your significant have chosen to create and sign a prenuptial agreement, you need a skilled Kane County family lawyer you can trust. At Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., we offer family law services to our clients throughout the western suburbs of Chicago and the Fox Valley area, including St. Charles, Elgin, Geneva, Aurora, Batavia, Naperville, Wheaton, DuPage County, DeKalb County, and Kendall County. For more information and a free consultation, contact us today at (630) 377-7770.

 

Sources:

https://www.cnbc.com/2014/06/04/more-couples-getting-social-media-prenups.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/love-perfect-watch-facebook-social-media-prenups/story?id=23977608

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