Best Friends Forever, By Contract

According to, It all started when Michelle and Shawn Mathews daughter, Krystal, wanted a special gift for her BFF. If you didn’t already know BFF is short for Best Friends Forever, a term that many kids Krystal’s age like to use to describe their closest friends. The gift she wanted for her friend, however, had to be something unique.

“She was looking for something that could honor their friendship in a way that really stands out,” says her mother, Michelle. So Michelle Mathews got an idea — a legalese BFF Contract with provisions and goals such as:

– “Support 2.2.3; We will learn how to have fun together and to amicably resolve conflict that may threaten to break our bond.”

– “Support 2.2.4; We will strive to overcome challenges that might prevent us from totally trusting each other and most of all to be able to say ‘I’m sorry’ and to forgive each other.”

Mathews got an attorney to draw up a nonbinding, four-page contract, which went over big with the girls.

“I really thought it was cool,” said Krystal, who would sign additional contracts “with as many best friends as I make.”

Michelle Mathews is now hoping the BFF Contract can be more than simply a novelty item.

A former special-needs teacher who is finishing a degree in social work, Mathews says a contract is likely to encourage the signatories to work through their differences before splitting up in a huff.

“I think there’s a good learning experience here,” she said.

So she created a marketing plan, and here is what $20 buys at a BFF Contract, a wristband, a certificate, a letter of congratulations, and entry into a BFF Internet registry with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Screenshot from BFF Contract

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