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Many of us read about social media posts finding their way into a court of law as evidence in a divorce case. In addition, there is a new emerging legal perspective that addresses social media, texting and other communications in prenuptial agreements.
Fox News published an article that discusses drafting a social networking prenup. Considering how much time people spend on social networking, a social networking prenup is a logical sequence of events in the legal landscape of marriage and divorce. Pew Research reported that as of January 2014, 74 percent of online adults use social networking sites.
Based on these statistics, you can answer this question for yourself: How likely is it for some comment about your divorce or divorce related communications to end up online?
No one wants to open Facebook and see that their soon-to-be ex spouse has posted unflattering photographs of you, nasty comments that focus on your imagined or real faults, or other reputation damaging information.
A lawyer can help you incorporate clauses that prohibit online communications in a prenuptial or post nuptial agreement, and this is a counter measure that is becoming more common among couples today. Some lawyers advise clients to incorporate general clauses that prohibit any online photos or comments about the other spouse or the upcoming divorce. Others may advise specific prohibitions in such clauses.
The bottom line is that harmful social networking posts can lead to monetary damages. For example, let’s say you lose a job opportunity because a prospective employer reads a post from your ex that discredits you on Facebook. As a deterrent, prenups can also incorporate financial penalties for violating the social networking clause.
Find out how to protect your interests through prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
Christopher Palermo has a strong sense of obligation to his clients and is passionate about being a Long Island divorce lawyer. He earnestly works to obtain the best possible results for you.