Goldman Reunited With His Son in Brazil, Finally
December 24, 2009
(ChattahBox)— After five-years of court battles, David Goldman was finally reunited with his 9-year-old son Sean early Thursday morning in Brazil. According to the New York Times, Sean was brought to the U.S. consulate by his maternal grandmother and his stepfather, wearing a gold shirt with the Brazilian flag and Olympic rings. He carried his luggage into the consulate building with his maternal grandmother, Silvana Bianchi beside him in tears. Bianchi told the throng of reporters, “this is a very difficult moment.”
David Goldman plans to leave Brazil to fly back home to New Jersey with his son, within hours. Goldman has said, after experiencing repeated legal disappointments that he would not rest, until he was on a plane bound for the U.S. with Sean at his side.
On Tuesday, the chief justice of Brazil’s high court awarded custody of Sean to Goldman, ordering the mother’s family to turn Sean over to his father immediately.
Goldman has been fighting for custody of his son, since his wife Bruna Bianchi Carneiro Ribeiro took Sean on a vacation to her homeland of Brazil in 2004 and never returned. She filed for divorce in Brazil and eventually married, João Paulo Lins e Silva, a prominent attorney in Brazil. But she died last year during childbirth. And Ribeiro’s family and her second husband have been fighting to keep Goldman from taking his son home.
The Brazilian family announced on Wednesday that they were dropping any further appeals and legal maneuvers to keep Sean away from his father.
David Goldman and his son Sean are about to have a very special Christmas.