If you and your partner have a child together, or were in a committed intimate relationship, both parenting and financial issues can be addressed through either a negotiated agreement or through the courts. If you have a child but or no longer living together, you can obtain a parenting plan and set child support for the child. If you were in a committed intimate relationship together, your property and liabilities can be allocated. By voluntary agreement, other items may be able to be addressed. Because you have not been married, there is no legal requirement to get a court order to address any of these items. (If you’ve been married, the only way to become unmarried is through a court order However, in some circumstances obtaining a court order (especially if you have a child) may be beneficial to ensure that you are both legally protected; otherwise there is a risk of being subjected to litigation in the future. A court order is usually part of an agreement that is reached. That being said, if you’ve never been married, there’s actually no legal requirement for a court order. If you’ve not been married, there are also more involved tax considerations. It’s best to get qualified guidance to help you with your agreements.