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Social networking, marriage and prenuptial agreement

Social networking has become a huge part of our everyday lives. In fact, a recent study discussed on NBC finds that smartphone users check Facebook approximately fourteen times a day on their devices alone. With social media playing such a large role in our lives, it is no wonder that it is also playing a large role in our marriages and divorces.

A study posted in the journal Computers in Human Behavior recently discussed social media and troubled relationships. The study identified several reasons for the correlation. One reason was the ability for users to be "found." The convenience of social media allows for individuals to connect with others from their past relationships with ease. The conversations are private and are a simple way to get into trouble fast.

The reality of marriage today is that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. With these high statistics it is no surprise that the number of couples considering prenuptial agreements is also increasing. After all, a prenuptial agreement does not in any way guarantee a divorce, but provides a smart back up plan in the event that unfortunate circumstances play out.

Prenuptial agreements allow couples to address a number of issues. They can dictate how a couple will go through property division upon divorce, they allow couples to discuss which assets should be considered separate from the marriage and they allow couples to be open about their financial situations. Many believe prenuptial agreements are only to protect an individual's wealth, but they can also protect you from another's debt.

Couples in the state of Massachusetts considering a prenuptial agreement should discuss their situation with an experienced legal professional that can provide them with options and considerations. Any decision to sign and go forward with such an agreement can always be made from there.

Source: CBS News, "Divorce, Social Networks and Prenups," Ray Martin, July 10, 2014

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