For a legal viewpoint, I contacted an attorney friend of mine, Sonya DuBree, manger, Raleigh Family Law PLLC, and she put me in contact with one of her associate attorneys, Imogen J. Baxter. Imogen was kind enough to take the time and provide the following:
Here are my thoughts on the family law aspects of this issue:
Holly Nicholson is a certified financial planner in Raleigh. She cannot answer every question. Reach her at askholly.com or P.O. Box 97128, Raleigh, NC 27624.