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For most things such as unpaid debt there is a four year statute of limitations. However, you were improperly garnished, in whole or in part, because of a support order. The order is like a judgment. You may be able to apply in court to have the court reverse the levy on equitable grounds as improperly made. There is no assurance that this will be successful but you have nothing to lose by making the effort. I suggest you start with the agency that levied the money and see what their reaction is.
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Just because he was on your account does not mean everything in the account is presumed his. You have the right to demonstrate the funds in your account were your funds or that at least a portion of the funds were your funds. If I was going to file suit I would file both against the agency and the ex. You will have to jump through hoops to show how much of the money in the account was yours and not his. The agency just levied on any account with his name on it. If there had been 15 names on the account they would have done the same thing even though the presumption is that he only owns a portion of what is in the account. The fact that you were separated would protect you for things in your name alone from a community property based claim but the account was in a joint name and that is the problem. The burden is on you to show the funds were yours or at least not all his.
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