You should consult with a local attorney and evaluate filling claims for child support and spousal support. How his voluntary support to you is characterized (alimony vs child support) is not that important right now, the main goal should be to establish a level of total support that will allow you to meet your needs and the needs of you child or children.
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Generally, his payments since separation are more likely to be considered in the property distribution arena versus child support.
I suggest you contact the child support enforcement agency immediately to begin the child support process. at the same time you need to consult an attorney to evaluate realistically if you have any claims for alimony. If he is not making enough money to pay his reasonable bills, even though you have a need, the Court cannot order him to pay you money he doesn't have.
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