I am currently on Social Security Disability and paying child support in the state of PA. My ex-wife receives checks each month for both of my daughters from my disability. I am also ordered by domestic relations that I must pay child support out of the Social Security that I receive each month. I am ordered to pay $535 a month plus the $480 she already receives from SSID for the girls. The SSID checks come in her name on behalf of my daughters since she is the one that applied for their benefits before when we were still married. I also receive VA disability which is also used to calculate my support. In the end, she receives the same amount total that I get to live on in a month. She makes close to $19 an hour at the local hospital. My question is, why doesn't the SSID checks she gets off set what domestic relations says I am obligated to pay or am I not obligated to pay at all? Also, why am I not allowed to claim at least 1 of my daughters for tax purposes? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.