Parent Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Parent.

Parent (noun)

  1. A person who is a biological mother or father of a child. This means that they are the ones who gave birth to and fathered the child.
  2. A person who has legally adopted a child. Adoption is a formal process where a person becomes the legal parent of someone else's child, which means they have all the rights and responsibilities of a biological parent.

Please note, the term "parent" does not refer to grandparents or any people from earlier generations.