When Pennsylvania Divorce Gets Ugly, You’ll Want a Social Media Clause
Divorce can be ugly. In fact, even if it’s not initially ugly, it can turn ugly. Fast. In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, the family division courthouse was issued metal detectors before the criminal courthouse. Just think about that. Whether it is divorce, custody, or child support, family law issues elicit high levels of emotion. And said emotions elicit passion. And said passion elicits dumb decisions. And said dumb decisions just may be your ex-spouse posting inappropriate pictures of you on social media. How can you prevent said passion from turning into nude Facebook photos? A Pennsylvania prenuptial or postnuptial agreement with a “social media clause,” that’s how.
A social media clause is a part of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that spells out what obligations one spouse has to the other in regard to what is posted online prior, during, and/or after the divorce. With the advent of social media, gone are the days when marital strife was kept amongst family and close friends, and here are the days of statuses, pictures, and “snaps” that air marital dirty laundry. And I don’t mean dirty shirts and socks. Because of this rapidly evolving social media culture, social media clauses in prenuptial or postnuptial agreements are becoming increasingly popular. These clauses can include language that, in the event of divorce, prohibits your spouse from posting any embarrassing/unflattering/unbecoming/inappropriate content about you. In some cases, spouses even agree not to post anything – positive or negative – about the other spouse on social media.
But, you may be wondering: “Just because we sign a piece of paper that says the other spouse won’t post those raunchy pictures from our anniversary in Acapulco, doesn’t mean the other spouse will listen…” Well, okay. You’re right. The other spouse doesn’t have to listen. However, in your agreement, you can write in penalties that will be imposed for any violation of the social media clause. These penalties can range wildly in creativity, but most people just settle for a monetary penalty due for every violation and immediate deletion of the post.
We understand that divorce can be ugly/embarrassing. But, with a well spelled out social media clause in your Pennsylvania prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, you can worry less. Give us a call today and we can chat about exactly what you need to include in your social media clause. We’ll even help you burn those Acapulco pictures. Free of charge.
… okay… we won’t really help you burn your pictures… at least, not for free.
*Our office accepts Pennsylvania family law cases including divorce, equitable distribution, spousal support, alimony pendente lite, alimony, paternity and child support matters, child custody cases, juvenile law cases, and related matters in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Beaver County, Berks County, Butler County, Clearfield County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County (Greensburg).
Our law firm accepts Pennsylvania family law cases from other Pennsylvania counties including Armstrong County (Kittanning), Clarion County, Fayette County, Greene County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Somerset County, and Venango County.*