Legal Terminology: LPI Word of the Month – September 2022

By Jessica Melton

In loco parentis – In Latin, this translates to “in the place of a parent”, and refers to someone who assumes parental responsibilities for a young person, but is not that person’s parent.

(Example: In family court, if a grandparent or an Aunt or Uncle is granted custody of a minor child, then their new legal role would be in loco parentis.)

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