It was wrote up on 12-14-2011, it was wrote up in a motion. I countered with a few minor changes on 4-3-2012. I was not told until today that when I counter offered it took the original off the table. And that when hired legal counsel on the same day 12-14-2011, it made the offer void. I live in washington state. thanks
In divorce actions, the parties often go back and forth trying to settle. Even if you had accepted the offer without changes, in practice, they could have backed out until a signed agreement or order was entered. The offer gives you an idea of where they want to go and were willing to go to try and settle the case. If it is not accepted, sometimes the other side does more discovery or investigation and they decide to change. Usually, the closer it gets to trial and the risks associated with trial for both sides, settlement is more likely.
An offer is only valid until it is rejected or expires by its terms, e.g. this offer is good until May 1. A counteroffer is considered a rejection of the original offer and so the offer is no longer good. Your attorney may have incorrectly assumed that you understood this and that is why he/she did not tell you sooner.
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