In certain situations, grandparents and parties acting on behalf of a child's
siblings have the right to seek visitation. Such applications are governed
by the following factors:
- The relationship between the child and the applicant.
The relationship between each of the child's parents or the person
with whom the child
is residing and the applicant.
- The time that has elapsed since the child last had contact with the applicant.
- The effect that such visitation will have on the relationship between the
child and the child's parent or the person with whom the child is residing.
- If the parents are divorced or separated, the time sharing arrangement
that exists between the parents with regard to the child.
- The good faith of the applicant in filing the application.
- Any history of physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect by the applicant.
- Any other factor relevant to the best interests of the child.
N.J.S.A. 9:2-7.1 (c) It shall be
prima facia evidence that visitation is in the child's best interest
if the applicant had, in the past, been a full-time caretaker for the child.
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