Parens Patriae Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Parens Patriae, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Parens Patriae?

It is a doctrine that’s empowers the government/state to be the guardian to the ones who are unable to protect themselves or look after themselves legally. It may be the case of child custody in cases of divorces for the well being of the child till he/she is of 18 years of age, is decided by the court. It is a latin word meaning “Parent of the country”