Children, regardless of gender, and properties were equally divided in a divorce.Since a man needed to pay a dowry to the woman's family, she was required to give it back should she be found at fault.
Although they generally define themselves in the milieu of a male-dominated post-colonial society, Filipino women live in a culture that is focused on the community, with the family as the main unit of society, but not always as this is a stereotype.
It is in this framework of Philippine hierarchical structure, class differences, religious justifications, and living in a globally developing nation wherein Filipino women are respected well by men.
This bilateral kinship system accorded Philippine women enormous power within a clan.
They were entitled to property, engage in a trade and could exercise their right to divorce her husband.
Flavier also mentioned that "In the Philippine barrio, the one responsible for the home" and its management "is the wife... The man will have to court the woman and prove his love for her before he can win her heart.
Sometimes the courtship period would last for years; this however, is a very old fashioned idea.
In the past, firms and businesses generally hire Filipino women for less pay and secretarial functions.
But at present, Filipino women are given the same opportunities as their male counterparts in the business realm.
Usually, the woman is courted by several men and will have to choose the best from among her suitors.