Bonus pater familias

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In Roman law, the term bonus pater familias (good family father) refers to a standard of care, analogous to that of the reasonable man in English law.[1]

In Spanish law the term used is a direct translation ("un buen padre de familia"), and used in the Spanish Código Civil.[2] It is also used in Latin American countries.[3] In the Portuguese Republic, the term is also mentioned in the Civil Code.


  1. ^ Parker, Wendy. "The reasonable person: a gendered concept?" (PDF). Victoria University of Wellington Law Review. 23 (1993): 105, 112.
  2. ^ Código Civil, art. 1.094, 1.104.2, 1.903.
  3. ^ e.g.Código Civil de Venezuela, art. 1133; Código Civil de Colombia, art.63