Bringing Sean Goldman Home
The Brazilian Supreme court ruled yesterday that nine-year-old Sean Goldman currently residing in Brazil be returned to his father, David Goldman, a U.S. citizen. The decision in this custody case came just after another ruling that was issued days earlier ordering Sean Goldman to remain in Brazil.
Sean Goldman's Brazilian grandmother and stepfather allegedly said they would not appeal the court's decision because they want Sean to suffer. Previously, the boy's Brazilian family insisted Sean's interests were not being considered, saying the transition would traumatize Sean. Both sides are working together now to make the transition to his father as smooth as possible.
The Sean Goldman saga began when David Goldman's wife Bruna Bianchi left the U.S with their son to live in her native Brazil in 2004 without Goldman's consent. Bianchi remarried and died last year while giving birth. Since then, Sean Goldman's grandmother and stepfather had custody of Sean.
It has been estimated that 3,000 American children who have been abducted by the non-custodial parent are now living in foreign countries. Attorney, Michael Cheroutes, Jr., a parter with The Harris Law Firm in Denver, CO handles international child abductions for the firm. Mr Cheroutes has handled abduction cases in Mexico, Japan and Turkey.
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