The New York Times published an article the other day about “relationship agreements,” a new trend among couples to stipulate in writing the compromises they’re asking of and willing to make for each other. The idea gained some attention recently on an episode of “The Big Bang Theory” when a commitment-phobic character presented such an agreement to his girlfriend. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, reportedly nailed down a relationship agreement with his then-girlfriend (now wife) several years ago in which he agreed to “one date night and 100 minutes together a week, not in his apartment or at the Facebook office.”
A relationship agreement is different from a prenup in that it’s generally not legally enforced and it doesn’t involve assets. It’s more like a “business plan” for the relationship, or a “wish list” for the couple. “It’s more about acknowledging the seriousness of the discussion,” said Cheryl Lynn Hepfer, a matrimonial lawyer in Bethesda, Md. “People’s memories fail. So they say, ‘Remember when this was so important to us that we signed, with witnesses?’ ”
After the jump, weigh in on what would be number one on your “relationship agreement” if you made one right now with your significant other (hypothetical or real one).