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Couples fight over clean cups and instant noodles
by Shawn Lee Miller

More wives are cheating on their husbands.

And more men are going for counselling to save their marriages.

Divorce lawyers and marriage counsellors in Singapore cite a 20 per cent jump in the number of adultery cases involving unfaithful wives.

While some family service centres showed that the number of men seeking marriage counselling has doubled over the years.

But what's surprising is that it's not the big issues like a communication breakdown or extramarital affair that drive men to seek counselling.

It can be the little things in life and disagreements over petty issues, said counselling therapist at Renovare, Mr Klein Tan.

He recounts couples who quarrelled over things like the washing of a cup, whether to leave the toilet seat covers up or down, and the best way to cook instant noodles.

So what are the different reasons and expectations between men and women who go for counselling?

Ms Tan Soh Hian, counselling manager for Focus on the Family Singapore, says for women, it is usually because they don't feel loved.

She attributes that to the different way in which men express love, which is not what women expect.

While for men, they complain of neglect because their wives spend a lot of time caring for the kids.

Said Mr Tan, the men usually go for counselling as a "last resort", while wives are more willing to seek help early on.

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