Summary box: Goldman international custody battle
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS: Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rebuffs a bid to block the return of a 9-year-old boy to the United States to live with his father, David Goldman, of Tinton Falls, New Jersey. However, it says Brazil’s federal court must consider an appeal from the boy’s stepfamily, who want him to remain in Brazil.
BACKGROUND: Goldman’s wife, Bruna Bianchi, took their son, Sean, to her native Brazil in 2004. They never returned. She divorced Goldman in Brazil, though Goldman says the divorce is not recognized in the U.S. In 2007, Bianchi married a Brazilian man and last year died after giving birth to a daughter. Sean has been living with his mother’s new husband, Rio de Janeiro lawyer Joao Paulo Lins e Silva.
THE ARGUMENTS: Goldman claims that the boy should be returned to him under the Hague Convention on international child abductions. Lins e Silva’s family says the boy is Brazilian and is better off remaining there. Courts in Brazil have been weighing the treaty against Brazilian law.