Thanks again for asking your question. This is a complex legal area and a local attorney will have to evaluate your case in full. However, let me give you some guidance and see if I can point you in the right direction. Unwed partners in NJ are generally not afforded the same support rights as are provided to married couples seeking a divorce and alimony. Seeking support from an unwed partner is called "palimony." Over the years, NJ has had a number of changes in its approach to palimony, most recently with the changes to the law in the latter part of 2010. The changes to the law in 2010 made palimony awards much more restricted. The essence of the new law was that palimony agreements wouldn't be enforceable unless made in writing. (N.J.S.A. 25:1-5(h)) This is a hot area of the law, and a number of cases have been litigated since the passage of the law with the new requirements. Thus, the central question in your case would be whether a palimony case would be completely barred by the new statute (assuming that you have no support agreement in writing).
Even barring a palimony claim, there may also be other legal theories that can potentially be brought to get you support. Here is a great link to recent cases, which will give you some good background:
As stated earlier, this is a complex legal area with many recent changes. While you may potentially not be able to bring a statutory claim for palimony after the recent changes to the law, you may have other options and alternative claims.
Let me now address support of your child. Fortunately, this is an easier analysis. Regardless of marital status, each parent has a support obligation to their child(ren). Thus, you can calculate support in the same way a married couple going through a divorce would make the calculation. Given the disparity in income and assets, your child should be entitled to child support from the father. The number can be calculated with fairly good accuracy using one of the available calculators on the Internet. Here is one you can use as an example: http://www.njchildsupport.org/Article.asp?AID=174
I hope this information is helpful and answers your question but please feel free to post follow up questions or comments if I can assist you further. It is my goal to ensure your question is fully answered to your satisfaction.
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