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Boy finally reunited with U.S. dad in Brazil
Last Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2009 | 10:34 AM ET Comments56Recommend77
The Associated Press
A New Jersey man and his nine-year-old son were reunited Thursday in Brazil after a five-year international custody battle, and immediately headed home to spend the holidays in the United States.
David Goldman and his son, Sean, left on a charter plane about three hours after the boy was handed over by his Brazilian family, said Rep. Chris Smith, who was in Brazil to support the U.S. father.
Sean Goldman 9, arrives at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, hugging his Brazilian stepfather, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva, on Thursday. (Eduardo Naddar/Associated Press)Earlier, carrying his luggage and wearing a yellow shirt with the Brazilian flag and Olympic rings, Sean was escorted by his relatives to the U.S. Consulate, where a scrum of journalists tried to get close. His father, of Tinton Falls, N.J., was waiting for him inside.
The boy cried as his stepfather and family lawyer tried to get him through the crowd, and guards roughly pushed back photographers and TV cameramen.
His maternal grandmother, Silvana Bianchi, said in tears simply that "this is a very difficult moment."
Sean has lived in Brazil since Goldman's ex-wife, Bruna Bianchi, brought him to her native country for what was supposed to be a two-week vacation in 2004. She stayed, divorced Goldman and remarried, and Goldman began legal efforts to get Sean back.
After Bianchi died last year in childbirth, her husband, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva, a prominent divorce attorney, continued the legal fight and won temporary custody.
The tug-of-war pitted Goldman against a powerful family of Rio de Janeiro lawyers willing to use all legal means available, in a nation where the wealthy are used to coming out on top.
Despite numerous court findings in favour of Goldman, Lins e Silva continuously found an a way to delay giving up custody.
But after five years of rulings and appeals, Supreme Court chief ruled Tuesday that Sean be returned to Goldman. On Wednesday, the Brazilian family dropped its legal challenges.
Rep. Smith said Sean appeared to be happy when he and his father were reunited, and he had already spoken with his grandparents back in New Jersey.
"Once he was with his dad they were smiling, with their arms around one another," Smith said. "They looked just like best buddies."
A little more than an hour later, they left the consulate for the airport.
Silvana Bianchi, the maternal grandmother, had wanted to travel with Sean to the United States to ease his transition, but family lawyer Sergio Tostes said that wish was denied by the U.S. government. Tostes said the Brazilian government declined to intervene in the matter.
U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Orna Blum said the U.S. government and the consulate were not involved in the travel arrangements, which she said were handled by lawyers on both sides.
Goldman's New Jersey-based lawyer, Patricia Apy, criticized how the handover was conducted.
"Unfortunately, the Brazilian family, rather than have the handoff take place in a garage, which would have been secure, parked away and walked him through the press, which only serves to make the situation more stressful for the child," Apy said.
Blum also said the tumult during the boy's delivery could have been avoided.
"The family was offered the same access to the consulate as the father," she said. "For whatever reason they chose to get out of their cars and walk in."
The Brazilian family brought the boy to the consulate about 25 minutes before the 9 a.m. local time court-ordered deadline.
© The Canadian Press, 2009
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Re: not the story-the comments-cud use some votesoutdoors wrote: wow-so good to see all the favorable comments for father's-must be driving the cbc moderators crazy-where only women are of any significance
VIVA!!! MEN"S RIGHTS!!!
I'm a woman - I'm a paralegal in a family law firm that deals almost exclusively with divorce, custody and parental alienation issues - FOR MEN/
Grow up outdoors - the pendulum is swinging closer the middle and not every woman on the planet (or in the legal profession) is out to get men. I say this from current and professional experience. This is what I do every working day - help great Dads have better relationships with their great kids, despite their often not-so-great ex-wives.
How about VIVA CHILDREN's RIGHTS - put the kids before the adults and you have at least some of the equation correct. It's such a shame that many adults honour their hatred for their former spouse, more than they honour the love they bear their children.
nice try-go shame someone else--you mean your occupation is extorting money for profit from these men for something that should not even be an issue?
nice to see that ppl are recognizing the importance of father's in their child's life-now if only Canada would do the same.
Re: not the story-the comments-cud use some votes
the comments prove that ppl are not stupid and actually do see the bias
Re: not the story-the comments-cud use some votes
You completely misunderstand why men and fathers are disgusted with the family law system in Canada.
You earn a living doing something that should not even be a court matter for the most part: after parents split, custody and residency should be automatically split 50-50. Only in rare circumstances where there is substantiated and documented abuse or abduction should lawyers or courts be involved. Of course, this is a long way off in Canada, feminists and lawyers still control the family law agenda here and getting the legal changes made in Canada as more enlightened countries like Belgium and Australia have done, is a long way off.
The pendulum may be swinging a tiny bit in favour of shared parenting but not very much. Mothers are still given the benefit of doubt in court, fathers must still prove their innocence against baseless allegations or prove their ability as a parent - at great financial and emotional expense.
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