When a free union dissolves, a woman typically receives only the house that she and her mate inhabited.
The children receive support only if they have been legally recognized by their father.
Any breach of trust merits the strongest community censure.
There are three accepted forms of marriage: civil, religious, and free unions.
Where there is marked disparity in the wealth of various branches of a family, the more prosperous branches try to limit the demands made by the poorer ones.
In keeping with the tradition of machismo, males usually play a dominant role within the family, and they receive the deference due to the head of the household. Where a man is absent, has limited economic assets, or is simply unassertive, a woman assumes the role of head of the family.Both serial monogamy and polygamous unions are socially accepted.Annulment is difficult to obtain through the Roman Catholic Church; this fact, in addition to the expense involved, makes couples reluctant to undertake a religious marriage. Divorce in this case is relatively easy and uncomplicated.Implicit in the arrangement is the understanding that the child's biological family, too, will receive assistance from the adopting family.Kinship serves as metaphor for relations of trust in general.