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The burden is on the party filing a petition under this Section to prove that the parent's actions and decisions regarding visitation will cause undue harm to the child's mental, physical, or emotional health. (5) In determining whether to grant visitation, the court shall consider the following: (A) the wishes of the child, taking into account the child's maturity and ability to express reasoned and independent preferences as to visitation; (B) the mental and physical health of the child; (C) the mental and physical health of the grandparent, great-grandparent, sibling, or step-parent; (D) the length and quality of the prior relationship between the child and the grandparent, great-grandparent, sibling, or step-parent; (E) the good faith of the party in filing the petition; (F) the good faith of the person denying visitation; (G) the quantity of the visitation time requested and the potential adverse impact that visitation would have on the child's customary activities; (H) any other fact that establishes that the loss of the relationship between the petitioner and the child is likely to unduly harm the child's mental, physical, or emotional health; and (I) whether visitation can be structured in a way to minimize the child's exposure to conflicts between the adults. (6) Any visitation rights granted under this Section before the filing of a petition for adoption of the child shall automatically terminate by operation of law upon the entry of an order terminating parental rights or granting the adoption of the child, whichever is earlier.

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