There are many different kinds of contracts that can be used in Dom/sub (D/s) relationships. Basically they are put in place by both the Dominant and the submissive and individualised to suit their needs and desires, and to define the limits of the relationship. A 'BDSM' contract is not a legal document and will not stand up in a court of law so due care should be taken when agreeing and consenting to have one in place. This is a binding agreement between two consenting adults, based on the limits of both the Dominant and the submissive.
A contract can be put in place for a set period of time and can be negotiated at set times and changed by mutual agreement. The limits of a contract can vary and can extend into different areas of BDSM and service, and can be added to at times as improvement of service is learned. Common clauses in a contract are: health, safety, sexuality, openess, dependants, discipline, limits, and finance. All of these are common practice but are usually individual to specific tastes and limits.
Contracts are almost always in place between Master/Mistress and slave, and often used for Dominant and submissives.
Here are 2 examples of lifestyle contracts :
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