Child Returns From Brazil After Custody Battle

By Ian Ritz
Ian Ritz
Ian Ritz
December 22, 2009 Updated: December 22, 2009

New York—New Jersey man celebrates the legal decision to return his 9 year-old son to the U.S. after a five year custody battle with Brazilian officials.

The chief of justice in Brazil has decided that Sean Goldman will return to the U.S. to live with his father David Goldman. After a long and drawn out legal battle fraught with confusion and delays, David and Sean will finally gain some peace as they return home to Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

Sean was taken on vacation with his mother Bruna Bianchi in 2004. After arriving in Brazil Bianchi felt that she had no obligation to return her son to his place of birth and rightful home in New Jersey. She married into a family of powerful Brazilian attorneys while in Brazil and kept Sean there without the consent of David Goldman. Bianchi died in child birth with her youngest daughter and Sean’s half sister in 2008.

The case was prolonged due to Bianchi’s connections in Brazil. Many people there supported her effort to keep Sean due to his being half Brazilian. After Bianchi’s death and some legal support given to David Goldman, justice has prevailed for the Goldmans.

Many experts in the legal system of the U.S. have commented on the legitimacy of the Brazilian justice system. Some outspoken Brazilian officials have also made public statements regarding unjust practices involving lawyers getting their way through pay offs and friendships.

Ian Ritz