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Are social-media prenups a good idea?

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Social media like Facebook and Instagram allow users to share many of their most intimate moments with friends and families. For many Illinois couples, that means announcing each relationship landmark from the first month anniversary and beyond. It also means countless pictures of fancy meals, road trips and vacations. In fact, smart phones have made nearly it instantaneous for couples to snap a picture and post it online.

This sharing can be a great thing. But it can also create problems. Those problems can get heated and public if not handled properly. In the best cases, those problems will be embarrassing such as drunk pictures. In the worst cases, those problems will be downright nasty such as revenge porn or other illicit photos. As a result, Illinoisans going through a divorce need to be especially wary.

To cure these concerns, some experts have suggested that couples create a social-media prenuptial agreement. This agreement should cover social-media use both during and after a relationship. The prenuptial agreement should set guidelines for what is allowed on social media and what is not. Setting these guidelines, according to one person who did it, makes social-media conversations simple. The person said that it had turned 20-minute conversation into 20-second conversations because the couple had already worked through the topic.

A social-media war is just one of many issues that Illinoisans may have to deal with during a divorce. Other issues Illinoisans may have to work through are child custody and visitation, child support, alimony and property division. Each can be difficult and emotional to resolve. To make the process less stressful, Illinoisans may benefit from speaking with an experienced family-law attorney.

Source: Ozymandias, "Should You and Your Lover Sign a Social Media Prenup?" Vignesh Ramachandran, May 22, 2014

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