Parental Responsibility Law and Legal Definition

Parental responsibility refers to a set of rights and privileges that children have with their parents and with those adults who have a significant role in the child's life as the basis of their relationship. Usually, parental responsibilities include both "parenting time" and "decision-making responsibilities." When parental responsibilities are determined through courts, the court allows the parent with decision-making responsibility to determine the child's upbringing, including his/her religious training. Usually, the parental responsibility for a minor child must be shared by both parents unless the court finds that shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child. However, the court can order sole parental responsibility, with or without visitation, when it is in the best interests of' the minor child. It is to be noted that before awarding sole parental responsibility, the trial courts are required to make a specific finding of the harm to the child.