After a divorce the parent who has not been awarded custody or joint custody will always have the desire to spend the most amount of time with his or her children.

A child visitation letter becomes necessary in order to request regular visitation times, specify the time spent, and the rights and obligations of each parent.

If you have custody of the child, or you are the parent granted visitation rights, you can use a Child Visitation Letter to establish the visitation time to be spent with the children and the specific details of the visitation. 

Grandparents also have the right to have visitation rights and usually want to plan a get together with their grand kids. Child Visitation Letter will help establish how grandparent visitation will proceed.

What is a child visitation letter template and what is used for:

  • Detailing the time and location of the pickup and return of the children if it is not designated in the child custody order
  • Establishing the non-custodial parent’s visitation schedule and how the visitation will proceed
  • To advise the other parent of the when, what and how of the visitation 
  • To describe special activities related to the visit that the other parent must know about
  • To make the time you spend with the kids happy and fun
  • To help protect your relationship with your children
  • To outline the sports activities so everyone knows what to expect
  • When the custodial parent is not following the rules established by the court and the non-custodial parent needs to formally tell them
  • When the child has moved out of state and a new visitation order is necessary
  • Specify when the visit will take place, the parent’s or grandparent’s home, they will take a vacation together or they will visit a theme park
  • Specify a change in the child’s circumstances, such as a parent’s new job
  • To have the visitation rules changed

Make sure to check with the court before changing visitation schedule.

The child custody laws in most states are intended to protect the children from parental conflict. To modify a visitation schedule, both parents need to agree to have it changed and must follow certain procedures specified by the court before the judge can issue a new visitation order. In most states, a finalized visitation schedule by the court cannot be legally changed with just a letter. 

If only one parent wants to legally change the visitation agreement, he or she needs to prove to the court that the change is in the best interest of the children. In order to determine if the change is in the children’s best interest the judge in some states may appoint child experts and child psychologists to figure it out. The court will be more likely to order a change if an expert recommends it. 

You must have proof that the child visitation has been denied by the custodial parent before sending a letter to the court. Keep all documents that can prove the denial of visitation such as; text messages, emails or audio messages and record conversations that deny the kid’s parent visitation. 


Non-custodial Parent’s Name

Non-custodial Parent’s Address

City, State, Zip Code


Custodial Parent’s Name

Custodial Parent’s Address

City, State, Zip Code

Dear (Custodial Parent),

I am writing this letter is to inform you that I will be picking up our child ________________ (Name of child) at _______________________________ as stated in the above address.

This visitation will begin at  ______________ on the ______ of ______________ of 20___. 

This visitation will end at  ______________ on the ______ of ______________ of 20___. 

During the visitation I plan to take _______________ (Name of child) to ____________, ______________ and _________________ (Locations).

Please make sure _________________ (Name of child)  has the appropriate change of clothing and healthcare items including any required medication. 

I will make sure that I have ____________________________ (necessary medication, equipment, etc.) for the child throughout the visitation.

I can be reached during that time at ______________ (Phone Number). If any unforeseen events or emergencies occur, I will call  ___________________ (Name of person) at ______________ (Phone Number), or _____________________ (Name of person) at ______________ ( Phone Number).

Please call me and let me know if you have any questions or special instructions. 



Signature of Non-custodial Parent


Printed name of Non-custodial Parent

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