Ok, given the additional information the following should answer your questions. First, as to the ex's attorney, have your husband make a complaint to the bar association, using the information I have provided. Second, as to making a criminal complaint, I would hold off on that until you see what conclusion the bar association reaches and the results of the following actions your husband should take. Third, recovering the over payment of $178K is more of a collection matter than a family law matter. You are interested in a contingent fee attorney. Collection attorneys usually work for a contingent fee ( usually in the 25% -50% range, with or without a sliding scale, such as in 50% of the first $25K recovered, then 30% for the next $25K). A contingent fee collection attorney will want to know there is a good chance that a judgment can be obtained and that once obtained that it can be collected ( garnishment of the ex's bank accounts etc.). The collection attorney will make his/her own determination as to the validity of the claim, chances of wining and not rely on what you say happened . So you need to gather all the court and other papers that prove the over-payment and forgery and the actual payments from the employer to the ex wife. Then contact your county's ( not state) bar association referral service and request a referral for a collection attorney. If you get an agreement with a contingent fee collection attorney, he/she will make the decision as to how to reduce the over-payment into a judgment against the ex wife, as in whether to go back to the family law/divorce court or start a new lawsuit based on fraud. The details of what must be done in the future litigation are beyond my ability to describe or predict. Once the collection litigation is resolved, then take a look at pursuing a criminal complaint or follow the advise of the collection attorney regarding the criminal issue.
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