A mother’s lesbian partner will be entitled to visitation rights after the couple separates if she has forged a strong bond with the child and has provided the same familial support as the biological parent, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled.

“Third parties who live in familial circumstances with a child and his or her legal parent may achieve, with the consent of the legal parent, a psychological parent status vis-a-vis a child,” Justice Virginia Long wrote for the Court in V.C. v. M.J.B. , A-111/126-98.

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