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.

All meetings are conducted online until further notice.



Like everyone else, we are finding new ways to connect. Until further notice, all NB meetings will be online. Our monthly Dinner & Movie Nights will resume when it is safe to gather.

An online meeting will never be the same as an in-person one. We don’t pretend that it is. But it is better than nothing, and we are exceedingly grateful to have this option to keep our services alive when so many other organizations must cancel, postpone or close entirely.

There are, in fact, several advantages to online discussions:

  • You only have to look presentable from the neck up.

  • You don’t have to drive anywhere. The gas and travel time you save can be spent shopping online or bingeing on Netflix.

  • You can attend any of them, regardless of where you live.

  • We can offer more of them because we don’t need physical locations.

  • We can accomodate as few or as many participants as want to come

Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to embrace change. We understand that this is hard. NB members have always been courageous, resilient and quick to show compassion toward others. This is a chance to do that in a different way. We can do this—together.


Discussion Meetings


OPEN DISCUSSION:  No particular topic.  Bring the issues most on your mind.

Fri       6    8:00-9:30 PM  Open Discussion
Wed   11   7:30-9:00 PM  Open Discussion
Thu    19   7:30-9:00 PM  Open Discussion
Sun    29   3:00-4:30 PM  Open Discussion

* * * COMING IN Dec * * *

Fri     4     8:00-9:30 PM  Open Discussion
Tues  8     7:30-9:00 PM  Open Discussion
Fri   18     7:30-9:00 PM  Open Discussion
Mon 28    7:30-9:00 PM  Open Discussion


Open Events

Online events open to any single!

Tue Nov 17 ** Speaker:  “LIVING WITH ANXIETY” ** 7:30-9:00 PM ** $15
Key strategies for coping with uncertainty & change


It’s not all talk! Join us for some online fun at virtual social events you can join from the safety of your home (BYO, of course): 

Fri    Nov 13      • HAPPY HOUR          • 5:00-6:30 PM
Sat   Nov  14     • MOVIE NIGHT         • 7:30 PM, “The Kindergarten Teacher”
Sat   Nov 21      • POTLUCK DINNER  • 6:00-8:00 PM
Tue  Mon 23     • LUNCH BREAK         • NOON-1:00 PM



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 in Rockville and features 13 of the top family law professionals in Montgomery County as speakers.

The next offering runs Sept 15 - Oct 20, 2020.  Cost is $10/Session or $50 for all 6.
Handouts from previous weeks are available for the same fee.

Advance RSVP Required: RSVP: 301-924-4101 or NewBCarol@verizon.net 


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