Visitation Journal Template
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.