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When Elian Gonzalez left Cuba with his mother, he knew he was going on an adventure. That 90 mile trek across the Florida Straits would cost his mother her life, and catapult the six year old into an international custody case. When all was said and done, including the “seizing” of the child from his relative’s home by gunpoint, Elian was returned to Cuba to his father, where he rightfully belonged. It can be argued as to what his life would have been here, in freedom, but one can also argue that because of the focus on Cuba at the time, the family of Elian has been rewarded for their allegiance to their homeland.
Today, a five year ordeal for David Goldman may finally come to a close, and his son, Sean, now 9, be returned to him by the Brazillian courts. Goldman’s wife, whi was from brazil, had travelled to Brazil to visit family. Once there, she filed for divorce and custody of her son. She then remarried, and then she died in childbirth last year.
What followed the death of Mr. Goldman’s ex-wife has been a nightmare for him and his family. The family in Brazil sought to keep the boy in Brazil, and away from his father. New Jersey legislators and the State Department have been actively involved in trying to get the mmatter resolved.
Mid day yeasterday, the Brazillian courts ordered that Sean Goldman be delivered to the custody of the American consulate within 48 hours (enough time for an appeal to be filed). A happy David Goldman has immediately headed to Brazil, arriving there earlier today, cautiously hoping for a holiday season reunion with his son.
Sean and David Goldman in Brazil 02/09, the first time they had been together since 2004.
Update: This afternoon, the Brazillian Supreme Court issued an injunction on the transfer of sean Goldman.