Couples Beginning To Include Social Media Clauses In Prenuptial AgreementsJune 16, 2014 – In The News
Aaron D. Weems was quoted in the CBS Philly article, "Couples Beginning To Include Social Media Clauses In Prenuptial Agreements." Full text can be found in the June 16, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.
Social media clauses are becoming more common in prenuptial agreements. The clauses typically state that couples can’t post things that might harm their significant other’s reputation.
“It’s just a way for people to really put down on paper what the expectations are that after you’re divorced or when you’re in the midst of a divorce that you’re going to treat each other with respect,” says Aaron Weems.
“If you acquire this digital media over the course of the marriage, you have a responsibility not to expose it to any third party or take that and utilize it on any social media site that is going to get immediate exposure,” Weems says.
Social media prenups are not just for celebrities and high-profile couples, Weems noted.
“It’s for anybody that has a business that’s really built upon and relies upon their personal brand, whether it’s an interior designer or an attorney,” he says. “These types of things are important and can result in people losing their jobs and their livelihood.”
While not every couple may need a social media prenup in writing, having a conversation to identify what can or cannot be posted may be helpful.
“We don’t live in the age where you can just turn over the photos and burn the negatives and you’ve now prevented yourself from ever having to see something embarrassing exposed,” says Weems. “This digital media travels, it’s difficult to remove once it on the internet.”