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Prenuptial agreements add social media clause

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In a perfect world, marriages would end with the same contract that started the partnership. But as a good percentage of former loves know, this is not a perfect world.

Pre-nuptial contracts have long been 'a must' for the rich and famous, with fortunes to protect.

Celebrities have inked fidelity and lifestyle clauses, but now some lawyers are recommending prenups include a social media clause.

"I think it’s one of the best ideas that the divorce lawyers have come up with,” said Rick Detoto, a Houston-based attorney. "Just imagine two people breaking up. That gets ugly, and you talk to your friends. And they talk to their friends. Now, you just hit a button and it goes to the world. Everyone’s on Facebook. Everyone’s on Twitter, and everyone's posting every moment of their life and it’s just ripe for abuse."

If followed, the clause is meant to work in several ways.

During marriage, it could potentially save a couple from divorce.

During divorce, it could protect the reputations of those involved.

And post-divorce, Detoto said, "It may also help with child custody to show the other person is out of control, and they’re not able to maintain composure, or they’re doing something to intentionally hurt you."

But not everyone is on board.

"It’s just another way to try and guarantee a situation you can't guarantee,” said Mary Jo Rapini.

As a relationship expert, Rapini said she thinks marital agreements are a good way to protect the post-divorce livelihoods of both partners and their children, but should be fair, mutual and should not attempt to cover things like appearances and social media accounts.

"I’ve seen them where it says how to wear your hair,” she said.

As for social media clauses, "sometimes keeping that other person agitated is at least a connection if they aren’t ready to let go,” Rapini said. “They may post things just to get a reaction from you, and you’re going to give them one even if you have a legal agreement."

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