There's two things going on here: (1) the attorneys fees owed by your ex to her attorney; and (2) the back support owed to you. Your ex's attorney cannot preempt what is owed to you. My question is, do you have a judgement in place for the back support? Or is this still a contested issue?
The back support and attorneys fees are independent of one another. That being said, and practically speaking, and assuming your ex isn't made of money, you can't get blood from a stone. Getting a judgment is one thing; collecting on it is an entirely different matter.
You should consult counsel to make sure you obtain a judgment for your back support and then try to enforce it asap. If the ex's attorney gets a judgment first and begins collection efforts, you might find yourself second in line to collect money from your ex.
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I agree with attorney Peoples.
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This is a family law/divorce issue, so I have edited the practice area and tags you selected accordingly.
Because I am not a family law lawyer, I am unable to answer your first question. As to your second question, yes, you certainly should hire a lawyer. I suggest that you consult an Irving lawyer who is certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. A link to the Board's website appears below.