"Part Of My Agreement Is No Ugly Pictures Posted": The Rise Of Social Media Pre-Nups

One couple has agreed to pony up $50,000 for each violation.

It's time to have the talk.

Some couples are drawing up social media prenuptial agreements to prevent embarrassing images and details from leaking online.

"Basically, a social media pre-nup is an agreement in place as early as possible about what's cool and what's not cool online," marriage therapist Dr. Sheri Meyers told Katie Couric on her talk show. "Part of my agreement is no ugly pictures posted."

While some couples are consulting lawyers to create legally binding rules for social media, others are creating their own written or verbal agreements. For wealthier couples, the punishment for breaking a set of predefined rules can be monetary. One estate planner said at least one set of clients has agreed to pony up $50,000 for each violation like, say, posting an unflattering bathing suit photo. However, lighter penalties could include chores, such as scrubbing the toilet.

"It's not all dollars and cents," New York-based attorney Ann-Margaret Carrozza told The New York Daily News. "It's setting some boundaries so someone is not humiliated."

[Image: Flickr user Sebastien Wiertz]

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  • In cases where the individual is pubic figure – C-Level executive, a manager or a celebrity, the online reputation management must be handled by ORM professionals.

    But in other cases, where the individuals are average people, who have their daily job, family and friend circles, there are certain social media guidelines that can be learned and performed on a daily basis. For example: make sure you don’t post offensive and explicit content yourself. Regularly check your Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts and update the information as it goes.

    Share your opinion publicly, but don’t get into online fights. Your reputation might get hurt. Keep your personal life personal. You can even ask your family and friends to never post anything related to you without your permission. That way you monitor your own image and you have control over most of the information about you on the web.