The BBC reports this morning that David Goldman of Tinton Falls has been reunited with his 9-year-old son after a half-decade-long international custody battle.
The event occurred at the U.S. consultate in Rio de Janiero following court rulings in the American man’s favor and the decision by the boy’s Brazilian relatives to end their legal opposition to Sean Goldman’s repatriation to the United States, the BBC reports.
A ruling late yesterday by Brazil’s top jurist appeared to put Tinton Falls resident David Goldman within legal reach of the son he has been trying to repatriate in a high-profile custody battle, according to news reports this morning.
The Associated Press news service says that Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes ruled David Goldman’s 9-year-old son, Sean, must be delivered to him by the boy’s Brazilian relatives, as a federal court ordered last week. But the time frame for the handover was not clear, the AP says.
The ruling was immediately binding, Goldmans American lawyer, Patricia E. Apy of Red Bank, told the New York Times.
But relatives of Goldmans ex-wife, Bruna, who died last year, were exploring legal options that would enable them to keep Sean, the familys legal adviser told the Times.
David Goldman’s latest victory in his long battle to repatriate his 9-year-old son from Brazil was shortlived.
That nation’s top court granted a request by Sean Goldman‘s Brazilian relatives preventing the boy’s removal from Brazil until he has expressed his own will in court, a Supreme Court official told the Reuters news agency today.
David Goldman, of Tinton Falls, had flown to Rio de Janiero earlier today on the hope of bringing his son home as early as tomorrow, under the terms of an appeals court ruling yesterday.
A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has rejected a request that 9-year-old Sean Goldman be asked to choose whether he wants to stay in that country or return to Tinton Falls with his natural father, the Associated Press reports today.
The decision marks a victory, if only a partial one, in David Goldman’s years-long custody battle over his only child, who was whisked off to Brazil five years ago by Goldman’s then-wife.
Sean Goldman has not been back to the U.S. since then, and his father’s campaign to bring the boy home has become an international cause celebre, attracting the attention of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
David Goldman‘s quest for custody of his nine-year-old son, Sean, was dealt another blow late last week when Brazilian judge ruled that the boy should remain with his Brazilian stepfather until the case is finally resolved, the Star-Ledger reported Sunday.
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The ruling reverses a previous court decision that allowed Goldman custody of his son for six days a week whenever he visits the 8-year-old boy in Brazil.