Q: For years my father has paid my zakat al-fitr. Should I be paying it instead?
A: You are obliged to pay your own zakat al-fitr as well as those you are obliged to take care of. If you cannot afford to pay on behalf of everyone, you are to pay in the following order; 1. Yourself 2. Your wife 3. Your bondservant 4. Your mother 5. Your father 6. Your child 7. The next in line for inheritence and so on Source: Hidayat al-Raghib