Rule 1.190(a) of the Rules of Civil Procedure require an answer to the Amended Complaint to be made within ten (10) days from the day of service, plus five (5) more if you mailed the Amended Complaint.
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The only proviso to the rule would be that the amended complaint had to be filed by mutual agreement or the Court had to allow for the filing of same. If that has not occurred yet, then the time frame for responding has not started to click either. Regular mail and/or fax service of the amended complaint is sufficient no service of process is required as was done with the initial complaint.
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