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Yes you have the right to file for child support, and you should do so through the department of child support services, as it is a completely free service and they will go after him for the collection of child support. Second, ordinarily you are correct SSA CANNOT be garnish, but there is an exception, that it CAN be garnished for CHILD SUPPORT, so yes they will have to deduct it from his check. You need to go through DCSS, they will grant you the judgment and issue the garnishment for you and he won't have a choice in paying you