Legal definition given to all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property. When parents are married to one another at the time of their child’s birth, both the mother and father will each automatically have Parental Responsibility. They will also each automatically have Parental Responsibility if they marry each other after the child is born. An unmarried father will automatically have Parental Responsibility if he is registered as the child’s father. In other situations an unmarried father can acquire Parental Responsibility by agreement with the mother, or by court order. Third parties can also acquire Parental Responsibility in certain circumstances.