Boy reunited with Dad in Brazil
I have been following but hadn’t posted on Sean Goldman, who had been taken to Brazil by his mother – he is now on his way back to the USA:
Boy Is Reunited With American Father in Brazil
Mr. Goldman spent much of the last five years fighting in American and Brazilian courts for the return of his son. The boy’s mother, who was then married to Mr. Goldman, took Sean to Brazil in 2004 for a two-week vacation but kept him there, divorced Mr. Goldman and remarried.
After the mother died last year, her new husband, a prominent Brazilian lawyer, and the boy’s Brazilian family insisted that Sean should stay with them in Brazil. The chief judge of Brazil’s Supreme Court, however, ruled this week that the family had to return Sean to Mr. Goldman, a charter fishing boat captain and real-estate agent from New Jersey.
On Wednesday, a federal court in Brazil gave the Brazilian family a deadline of Thursday to turn Sean over to Mr. Goldman, and lawyers for family members indicated that they would comply, said Representative Chris H. Smith, Republican of New Jersey.
The scene at the courthouse was a media zoo. Here’s the video,
They are now reunited
Mr Goldman’s US lawyer, Patricia Apy, was critical of how the handover was carried out.
“Unfortunately, the Brazilian family, rather than have the hand-off 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,” she told the Associated Press news agency.
They are on their way to New Jersey.