This is nice. I've seen a couple of news segments on it.GOODave wrote:This has been going on for 5 years:
David Goldman's ex wife took their son to Brazil where she remarried a local attorney. She died and Sean's step father refused to allow David to assume custody of his son.
It's been going through the Brazilian courts (already decided in American courts) for almost 2 years now but last night, a Brazilian Judge made the right call: Goldman is already on his way to brazil to get his son.
This is great news. Even Hillary Clinton was on the right side of this (she has interceded with the Brazilian authorities on behalf of David Goldman and his son Sean).
Very good news.
The two were separated in June 2004, when the boy's Brazilian mother, Bruna Bianchi Carneiro Ribeiro, told Goldman -- to whom she was then married -- that she was taking the boy on a two-week vacation to Brazil.
Mother and son never returned. Instead, Bianchi stayed in Brazil, where she divorced Goldman and remarried a Brazilian lawyer.
But last September, Bianchi's death during childbirth led Goldman to renew his efforts to regain custody of their son.
Sean, who has been living with his half-sister and his stepfather, was to have spent a 30-day adaptation period in the United States prior to his father gaining full custody.
That prospect sparked outrage from a lawyer representing the boy's Brazilian relatives. "The child wasn't heard," lawyer Sergio Tostes said. "The child said many times that he wanted to stay in Brazil. This is not human and it is a cruelty."
Wow: I must still be asleep at the switch to have missed the similarities in those two cases. Do me a favor: Fire one of YOUR interns so I don't have to be confrontational, would'ja?ThomasDad wrote:From the story:
The parallels to the Elian Gonzales story are striking. In both cases, the mother took the son from the father with no intention of returning him. In both cases, the mother died. In both cases, relatives in the "new" country insist the boy is better in his new environment than with his natural father in the other country.
Key differences are that Elian's father is Cuban, and that the time they were separated was measured in months, not years.
In the Elian case, plenty of folks were quick to state that a loving environment for a child with distant or non-blood relatives is more important than being in the custody of a loving biological father. Funny how this story--basically, the absence of Castro is the key difference--has some of those same folks arguing on behalf of the importance of biological rights.
GOODave wrote:Time away from his father was one dissimilarity, I agree ... and that's a key one, but another dissimilarity at this point is that Elian was returned to his father. I hope that is the conclusion to the Goldman abduction as well, but it is by no means certain at this point.
I'm also fairly certain the "a loving family away from a bio-parent" protestation was pretty thin and most people could see through it to the real reason: Elian's father wants to make him a communist so it's better he stay here.
From what ilttle the Brazilian Government has been so far willing to state publically, I gather they don't really have an issue with returning Sean to his biological father, David.ThomasDad wrote:The funny thing is, thanks to Elian's noisy and troublesome relatives in Miami, Elian is now a "made" guy in Castro's Cuba.
I am unfamiliar enough with Goldman's story to know what, if any, objections the Brazilan government has with the boy being sent to live with the only parent he has left on this Earth--and yes, I am a step-father as well as a father and I know that step-parenting can be almost as rich and fulfilling, but unless there are extenuating circumstances, step-parenting doesn't trump the rights of the biological parent.
Elian was properly sent home to the father who loves him. Sean Goldman should likewise be reunited with his father.
ThomasDad wrote:All this "I don't know..." and "I'm not sure..." from you--I don't get it. I thought the green skin and pointy ears was supposed to make you wise.
That would look good on one of those motivational posters.GOODave wrote:Having the knowledge is "knowledgable."
Knowing how to use the knowledge you have is "wise."
Mmmmm...ironyGOODave wrote:Having the knowledge is "knowledgable."
GOODave wrote:A more recent update on David Goldman's struggle to get his son back.
I was not aware that his wife and son (and her parents) were going to Brazil on a VACATION and she called him 2 days into the vacation to tell him she was never returning...
That is definitely a kidnapping, IMO.
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