Start here on the Court web site:
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As noted by other counsel, you can get the forms and an instruction kit online. You can also go to the local supreme court clerks office and pick up the instructions and forms. There is no charge. Once the papers are submitted it can take anywhere from 4 to 20 weeks to be signed based upon the county you submit them in (that is if the papers are not returned for correction).
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You can go on the website suggested by Mr. Rothstein or check with the clerk in the county you reside and ask if they have pro se packages. There are fees for various steps of the process but that can also be explained by the clerk. There is no way to give an answer as to how long it will take as each county, and each judge, works at a different case. One would expect that once the papers are accepted by the court it will be a number of months before the divorce if finalized.
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There are fees and in my opinion an uncontested divorce is still very complicated. If you are really in brooklyn as your question states, it can be a long process, upwards of a year and even longer if the papers are not correctly filed. If you'd like an attorney to prepare the application (which I recommend) my firm handles such cases in NY.
Law Offices of Nicklaus Misiti
212 537 4407
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The site the prior attorney listed will get you to the forms. They are filed in the Supreme Court in the County where you or your wife/husband live. There are filing fees that total just under $400 by the time you are done. The forms are confusing and there are no instructions. You will still have to have some kind of written agreement with your spouse resolving any underlying issues such as custody, support, property division etc.... Invest in the cost of getting at least a consult with an attorney for some instruction. Presuming everything goes smoothly, and depending on how busy your courts are, start to finish could be 3-4 months on average.
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