Paternity Leave Request Letter [Free Sample]

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Taking time off work to care for a new baby’s needs isn’t only for moms; an expectant father can typically take paternity leave as well, assuming his employer’s policies allow it. 

To have the best chance of securing ample time off from work to spend with his new family, the expectant father should prepare to write a paternity leave letter to his employer at least 30 days before the desired date, explaining his request in unambiguous terms.

Sample Paternity Leave Request Letter

Your Name
Your Address
City, State, Zip Code


Employer’s Name
Company’s Name
Company’s Address
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Request for parental leave.

Dear Mr. Name of Employer:

I work as a project manager for the company. My boss’s name is Name of Boss. This letter is a formal request that I take 30 days of parental leave beginning on the day the baby is born. 

My wife is due to give birth to our first child on or around DATE, and I’d like to be there to support her.

My wife’s parents are too old to travel here and help, and my mother will only arrive a week after the baby is delivered, so we have no other options at this time. I’m requesting leave more than 30 days in advance of the deadline.

I checked the employee handbook and learned that I am entitled to four weeks of paid paternity leave. I’ve discussed it with my immediate supervisor, and I intend to finish all of my current projects before I depart.

Name of Employee will oversee any new projects, and I will be at home and available to help any if required. 

I look forward to your favorable reply to my application. If you have any questions, I can be reached at Phone Number or Email Address. 

Thank you for your consideration of my request.


Signature of Employee
Printed Name of Employee