Social media prenup protects couples from digital disasters

Social media prenup protects couples from digital disasters (Image 1)

Social media has become a big part of our lives. A growing number of people are logging onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other sites daily.

Now something new is popping up. It is called a Social Media Prenuptial Agreement.

Nashville couple Nathan Sachs and Lanier Prichard are getting married in about 10 months.

“This is our checklist. We have a lot of stuff we haven’t done,” explained Prichard.

While the couple navigates through color schemes, dresses and flowers, they have also discussed whether they’ll make a prenuptial agreement.

“We’ve discussed it pretty seriously. Both of us see the benefits of having one and we want to make sure the other one feels safe and comfortable,” said Prichard.

One thing they haven’t talked about is a Social Media Prenup.

It is a clause that protects married couples and exes from a digital public relations disaster.

Nashville Attorney James Widrig identified the need for that type of agreement a couple of years ago and includes it in the documents he creates for his clients.

“Two years ago, and even today, we see more and more couples on Facebook and Twitter treating the person they once loved in a completely different light now,” he said.

Widrig said social media issues come up in about 98% of the divorce cases he handles.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, social media is “the most frequent new issue” that comes up in divorce proceedings.

Social media can become a weapon that couples use to hurt each other, especially in the age of revenge Web sites.

“You would be surprised at the number of times that we have to introduce something into court that people post online. The judges see it and unfortunately people don’t realize the ramifications when they are online and just clicking enter,” said Widrig.

Sachs and Prichard said they don’t see the need for a social media prenuptial agreement in their relationship, but said they are glad they had the conversation.

“I think it is a very fair thing to discuss and talk about going in,” said Sachs.

The penalty for violating the Social Media Clause is usually monetary.

The amount set often depends on a person’s wealth.

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