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Visitation Journal Template

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How to Use a Visitation Journal

Use the visitation journal to keep track of your visitation and whether or not you are able to see the children going forward. This will help you have a record of what is going on, in case you need to go back to court to enforce your rights. 

Steps to Follow

  • Step 1: Look at your court order or a calendar prepared for you by your attorney. Find the next exact date and time that you are supposed to pick up your child.
  • Step 2: Arrive at the pick-up location at the exact date and time you are supposed to be there. Give yourself plenty of time to get there. If you are early, wait a few minutes.
  • Step 3: Knock on the door. Wait. Knock on the door again. You must give indication that you are there and ready to pick up your child.
  • Step 4: Try to obtain evidence that you were at the right location at the right date and time. You can take a witness with you to observe what happened. You can go to a nearby convenience store or fast food restaurant and buy a drink or a pack of gum, and keep the receipt showing you were in the area at a certain date and time. Some police departments may be willing to file a report for you.
  • Step 5: immediately write down what happened in your visitation journal. Write down the date, time, and place where you tried to pick up your child. If you have a witness, write down his or her name. If you have a receipt or other evidence, keep it safe. 

If you need help enforcing visitation please contact the Texas Access and Visitation Hotline for more help.

Click here for more information on keeping a visitation journal and writing a visitation demand letter. 

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