Unfortunately, it never gets easier. Child support must be paid, and it is too late now to seek a modification. Sorry.
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Actually, it depends on which type of disability benefits you are receiving. You stated you were receiving SSI disability benefits but then you stated that your monthly benefit amount is $900, whereas the current maximum monthly federal SSI benefit is $698 and the New York 2011 maximum was $761. SO if the $900 figure is the accurate one then you must be on SSD. So if you are getting SSD then yes they can garnish your benefits, if you are getting SSI then no they cannot garnish your benefits. They can and will garnish you SS retirement benefits at age 65 as well.
The Social Security system limits the garnishment amount to the lesser of the State maximum or the maximum under the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) (15 U.S.C. 1673(b)) and is based on the law of the State where the beneficiary resides. Hereafter, the CCPA limit is referred to as the “Federal” limit. The CCPA limits garnishment to:
50%, if the beneficiary is supporting a spouse and/or child other than the spouse and/or child whose support has been ordered.
60%, if the beneficiary is not supporting another spouse and/or child.
55% or 65% respectively, if the garnishment order or other evidence submitted indicates the original support ordered is 12 or more weeks in arrears.
NOTE: SSI payments are not subject to garnishment.
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My colleagues have given good ressponse. I hope this helps - but the short answer is there may be some loss of benefits allowed.
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