Parents usually have some very specific legal rights and legal duties. When a child is born to two parents who are married to each other, these rights and duties are automatic. However, when two parents are not married when the child is born, then extra steps must be taken to legally determine who the parents are.

This information packet, by the Parenting Order Legal Line, explains the basics about becoming a parent and the rights and responsibilities of parents– including child custody, support and visitation.