- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 7, 2014

Don’t post anything bad about your spouse online. It could cost you $50,000.

That’s what’s happening in a new trend where engaged couples sign social media pre-nups. The rules stipulate that neither person can post embarrassing photos, nude photos or anything else that might hurt their partner’s reputation.

Ann-Margaret Carrozza, an estate planning lawyer in New York, says a third of her clients are now asking for the agreements.

“It’s a huge issue because we all know this stuff, once it’s out there, you can’t shake it,” she told ABC News. “It can be humiliating. It can be painful. It’s really no joke, and I expect this clause to become much more important.”

A recent survey of divorce attorneys found 80 percent think social media issues are becoming increasingly more important in couples’ decision to split up.

$50,000 is a fairly typical deterrent to try to stop harmful behavior, Ms. Carrozza said.

PHOTOS: What are the chances?

“The damage is psychological,” she said. “In the case of humiliating posts and tweets and pictures out there, and it’s economic because my career prospects are harmed.”

• Phillip Swarts can be reached at pswarts@washingtontimes.com.

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