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Counsellor Keren Smedley says: 'So many women say to me that it's lonelier being within a lousy relationship than being on their own.' And it is these women - who have been in unhappy relationships and have chosen to leave them - who often recover more quickly from divorce later in life because the grieving has been done by the time the marriage is finally over.
The AARP survey also contradicted the belief that as women get older they want to slow down and get a few more cats.
In just six years, between 20, the Office for National Statistics estimates that the number of divorced women over 45 has jumped by a third.
There are well over 1.6 million middle-aged and older divorcees in England and Wales.
'Initially, it was devastating to be single in my 40s.
Fourteen per cent said they'd date the right man if he came along, but weren't going to knock themselves out trying to find him.More than half said they were happier than they had ever been.And while the majority were open to the idea of a good relationship, they weren't obsessed with finding a new partner.We share interests like going to the theatre, travelling and cooking.'But I had to go through the mill to find happiness.
These are just some of the ways women slowly re-build their selfesteem after divorce.