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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
    • 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(b)