Divorce Support Group

NEW BEGINNINGS® is a marital separation support group for separated and divorced men and women based in the DC metro area (MD, DC and VA). Established in 1979, we are the oldest and only group in the metro area that deals strictly with separation/divorce and is open to people with or without children. 

support_in_hand.pngA marital separation is a wrenching experience which can happen to anyone at any time for a variety of reasons. We believe that by sharing feelings with other people in similar situations, we can gain a better perspective on the process of separation and thereby begin to build a new life. This is our first task—because the one certainty is that our lives cannot remain the same.

NEW BEGINNINGS® discussion meetings are offered several times a month and are open to non-members. Led by member volunteers trained to guide the discussion, these meetings offer a chance to talk to others who share and understand your concerns.


We offer three in-person discussion meetings each month--two in MD/DC & one in VA. For now, only fully vaccinated people may attend these, & proof is required. 


Discussion Meetings


IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT PARTNER: How do you reconcile fantasy & reality? What are the negotiable & non-negotiable qualities you seek? What skills & frailties do you bring to a relationship? We’ll practice writing a profile!

IS IT LOVE OR LUST?: How do we distinguish between "the real thing" & "just chemistry"? Is there a distinction? Does it matter?

COMMUNICATING WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX: What are some key differences in how men & women communicate? How can we get on the same wavelength?

GETTING TO THE SECOND DATE: After you’ve gotten the first date, how can you ensure a second? What signals interest (or disinterest)? What helps–or hurts–your chances? Opportunity to sound off & learn from the opposite sex.


SUN, FEB 4 ** Is It Love or Lust? ** 3:00-5:00 PM ** McLean ** $10 

FRI, FEB 9 ** Communicating with the Opposite Sex ** 7:30-9:30 PM ** Kensington ** $10

SUN, FEB 25 ** In Search of the Perfect Partner ** 3:00-5:00 PM ** Rockville ** $10

FRI, MAR 1 ** Getting to the Second Date ** 7:30-9:30 PM ** Reston ** $10


OPEN EVENTS -- Any single can attend
Speaker:  AMY SCHOEN, MBA, CPCC, PCC (www.MotivatedtoMarry.com)
Cultivate new friendships & deepen relationships, in person or online
Fee in Advance:  $10 Members, $15 Non-Members

Divorce 101

NEW BEGINNINGS, the COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE CENTER OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, and the MONTGOMERY COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION are co-sponsoring a 6-week program covering everything you need to know about divorce in Maryland.  It is offered twice a year and features 13 of the top family law professionals in Montgomery County as speakers.

NEXT SESSION:  Tuesdays, Feb 13-Mar 19, 2024


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