Before tying the knot, Californians have a variety of matters that they need to carefully consider. Amongst these is the possibility of entering into a prenuptial agreement. These arrangements, entered into by parties on the verge of marriage, dictate how critical legal issues will be resolved in the event of a divorce. This most often applies to property division, but it can also address alimony. Although discussing a prenuptial agreement with a soon-to-be-spouse may be challenging, such an agreement can serve as a protective measure that allows couples to put their financial fears to the side, thereby allowing them to focus on their relationship.
But finances aren't the only matters that may require protection before an individual decides to get married. Social media clauses, for example, are becoming more common. As our world is becoming even more intertwined with the Internet, and an individual's personal life becomes more publicized, restricting a potential ex-spouse's use of social media can be powerful. Without such an agreement, slighted ex-spouses may turn to Facebook or Twitter with malicious intent. This, in turn, can ruin an individual's reputation and cause embarrassment, humiliation, and even job loss.
The parameters of such an agreement are left to the parties. A social media clause can restrict the topics that can be posted about, the kinds of photos that can be put up on particular social media sites, and even whether children can be discussed in posts. Therefore, the parties can negotiate an agreement that will be mutually protective with additional consideration for any children that may be involved.
Prenuptial agreements can be a great tool to preempt any divorce issues that may arise in the future. However, these documents need to be crafted with care to ensure that they are thorough and legally valid. Family law attorneys, like those at our firm, know how to develop these types of agreements, and therefore invite those who are interested to discuss the matter further.