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Social Media: Advice for Couples Before Marriage

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2021 | Family Law

If you are just beginning your life together and are considering how social media may affect your future marriage, then you may want a social media provision in your prenuptial agreement.

Generally, prenups force couples to develop improved communication skills before the marriage. Couples are forced to discuss their expectations, both for their relationship and partnership. Setting these expectations for social media could help address future problems.

Provisions could include things like agreements on which photos of each other are okay to share online, which photos are not, and the type of content that can be shared.

Think about it — do you want your spouse posting photos of you in your swimsuit? How about photos of your children?

The provision could include an agreed method for posting or sharing photos online. For example, you may prefer to ask each other for permission prior to posting photos of or content about the other person.

These social media provisions cannot prevent your spouse from sharing posts that violate these provisions. They can, however, provide the court an avenue to enforce the provision against your spouse should you eventually divorce.

Even if you do not enter into a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement with a social media clause, couples should be engaging in ongoing discussions about what is and is not appropriate online behavior. This might be about what content is okay to post, or it can be about which activities are inappropriate or “cheating” in our digital age.