Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Brazilian Federal Court: Custody of Child to U.S. Dad

"Brazil court rules for U.S. dad seeking custody"
"Court battle began after boy's Brazilian mother died last year"
NBC News and news services
"A Brazilian federal court ruled Wednesday that a 9-year-old boy living in Brazil should be returned to his father in New Jersey.

The 3-0 ruling said the boy must be returned by Friday, but the family now in custody of the boy immediately filed an appeal and a stay is possible.

The court agreed with David Goldman that Sean Goldman belongs in New Jersey under an international treaty governing cross-border child abductions.

Brazil's supreme court ruled in June the case should be heard by the federal court in Rio.

The case began in 2004, when David Goldman's wife, Bruna Bianchi, took their then-4-year-old son Sean to her native Brazil.

Goldman, who planned to travel to Brazil on Wednesday, says it was to be a two-week vacation. But she stayed and so did the boy.

She eventually was divorced there and remarried. She died last year, but her new husband's family has sought to keep Sean."

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