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Family law expert
It depends in which court you litigate, the Family Court or the High Court. Rule 25 of the Divorce (Family Court) says:
25 Replication and further pleadings
(1) A plaintiff may within 10 court days of the service upon him or her of a plea subject to subrule (2) hereof, deliver a replication to the plea.
(2) No replication which would be a mere joinder of issue or bare denial of allegations shall be necessary.
(3) A plaintiff in reconvention may, subject to the provisions of subrule (2), within 10 court days from the delivery of a plea in reconvention, deliver a replication in reconvention.
(4) Any party who fails to deliver a replication within the time stated in this rule shall be ipso facto barred.
(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of rules 22, 23 and 24, the court may during or at any time before the hearing of the action and on such terms as to adjournment and costs as may be just allow any plea, answer or claim in reconvention or subsequent pleading to be then and there recorded or filed.
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