Basic question above
The deadline is for when the pleading must be filed with the court. If the defendant fails to mail it to the plaintiff, or does so late, the plaintiff can raise that with the court. As a practical matter, the court is not likely to do anything about that unless it causes prejudice to the plaintiff or it is part of a larger pattern.
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Not sure what you are asking?.....Is it when the answer to the complaint is to be served or more than that???
The deadline is when the pleading must be received by the clerk's office. I agree that most judges allow late filing by a few days. Sometimes the other side may need a continuance if they get it really late. Good luck!
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