David Goldman Wins Custody in Brazil

Posted: December 17, 2009 in family law
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New Jersey dad David Goldman may get to spend the new year with his 9-year-old son, after a Brazilian federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the boy must be handed over to him at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro within 48 hours.

In 2004, Bruna Bianchi, Goldman’s wife, took the 4-year-old boy to Brazil for what Goldman says was supposed to be a two-week vacation. Instead Bianchi stayed in Brazil, got a divorce, and remarried before dying last year while giving birth to a daughter.

Goldman had already been seeking the return of his son under an international treaty covering cross-border child abductions. Since then, the boy’s maternal grandmother and stepfather have been trying to keep him in Brazil in a widely publicized custody battle that has moved President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the U.S. Congress to weigh in seeking the boy’s return. The current court decision has already been appealed by the child’s stepfather and maternal grandmother, who is now asking for custody of the boy.

Mr. Goldman is on a plane to Brazil as the Supreme Court in Brazil decides whether to hear the stay that has been submitted to the Court.

In an interview with the Today show before boarding the plane, Mr. Goldman states that he has been down this road 14 times before and while he is hopeful that he can bring his son home this time, he does not want to put himself out there emotionally again and have his hopes dashed.

To see the full video on the Today Show, click here.

Read it at Associated Press


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