Resignation Letter for Family Reasons

This example can be a starting point for your own resignation for family reasons letter. Copyright Camille Tokerud Photography / Stone / Getty Images

When you are resigning from a job because of your family, you may want to mention this reason for leaving in your resignation letter. It's a way to let your employer know that you're not moving on because of any issues with the job or the company.

But don't feel that you have to share the reason for your resignation with employers beyond using phrases like "family circumstances" or "personal reasons." It is completely acceptable for you to keep your personal reasons for resigning private.


What to Include in Your Letter

While it's up to you how much detail you want to share about your reasons for resignation, it's wise to include some appreciation for the company. You can talk about what you've learned there, help you've received from colleagues, or praise management or the company. 

Mention your last day in your letter, and unless it's unavoidable, aim to provide two weeks notice. Finally, discuss transition details. If you are available to train your replacement or provide email or phone support during the transition, let your employer know. 

Use this resignation letter sample for guidance when you write your own letter resigning for personal reasons. Also see below for an example of a resignation letter due to an illness in the family.

Resignation Letter Sample - Family Reasons

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email


City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

I am writing to inform you that next month, I will be leaving Oak and Spruce Co. Unfortunately, family circumstances at the time require my full attention, and I have important issues to take care of, which leaves me no time to fulfill my duties to the company.

I am very sorry to have caused any inconvenience, but please know that I will be available over the next month to assist with finding a replacement.

In addition, I will be sure that my responsibilities will be properly taken care of in the interim. 

Thank you very much for understanding. I have had a positive experience working at Oak and Spruce Co. and I hope my leaving will not affect our relationship. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you think of any way I can help with the transition to a new Sales Manager.


Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

Resignation Letter Example - Family Illness

Before you resign because of an illness in the family, it's important to check to see if you are eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time off from work. You may be able to take an unpaid leave rather than resigning. If resignation is the only alternative, this resignation letter example is for an employee who is leaving due to an illness in the family

City, State, Zip


City, State, Zip

Dear Ms. Supervisor,

Please accept my resignation from my position, effective June 1, 20XX. As you know, my son is suffering from a serious illness, and is going to require frequent visits to a specialist in another city. I will be unable to fulfill the commitments of my position here for the foreseeable future.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to ease the transition in any way.

Sincere Regards,

Signature (hard copy letter)

Firstname Lastname

Sending an Email Resignation Message

If you’re emailing your letter, here's how to send your email message including what to include, proofing, double checking that you have all the information you need, and sending a test message to make sure your message is perfect.

Read More: How to Resign for Personal Reasons

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    Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only. The provided information, including samples and examples, is not guaranteed for accuracy or legality. Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.

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