Thursday, December 9, 2010

Marriages

There are two types of marriages that are recognized right under the law. Normal marriages are usually consistent of Zimbabwean men who have multiple wives. Civil marriages are monogamous and can be dissolved by death or divorce. Customary marriages are the more common form. Arranged marriages are rare, although families on both sides are heavily involved in marriage disputes, which include deciding on the bride price to be paid by the husband to the woman's family; thus, a wife and her children, belong to the husband and are joined with his family. Marriage gives women status and access to land. Unmarried men and women are rare. Polygyny is still widespread. Divorce is uncommon and carries shame, especially for women.

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