The rise of ‘social media prenups’

The ‘social media prenup’ is a legal arrangement that is becoming increasingly popular  in the US, according to Ann-Margaret Carrozza, a New York-based lawyer who specialises in pre-nuptial arrangements. She stated that a third of her clients are now asking for social media clauses in pre-nuptial agreements. The new breed of pre-nuptial agreement is allowing couples to lay down the boundaries for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other networks. Popular clauses state that couples cannot share incriminating photos or posts about one another, at the risk of having to fork out thousands of dollars. While it may seem extreme to have a written contract about privacy in your relationship, many couples have said that it makes it easier to deal with tricky situations in the future. Sheri Meyers, a relationship and family therapist from Los Angeles, has recently had a social media prenup drawn up with her partner Jonathon Asla. She said that drawing up a prenup was not about a lack of trust between couples; it’s about keeping things simple and clear-cut from the very beginning. “For me, it was about privacy, what is for us and what is for the world, so we needed that discussion,” she added. Pre-nuptial arrangements usually cover the division of property and income before marriages and are currently not legally binding in the UK. However, the Law Commission earlier this year stated that they should be considered in divorce settlements after the needs of the couple and their children have been accounted for. They are more widely used in the US, where they are recognised in all states but may not be enforced. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with family law solicitors in Guildford and across the country.