"RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (CNN) -- A Brazilian supreme court judge on Tuesday suspended a lower court's order that would have given custody of a 9-year-old boy to the U.S. consulate in Rio de Janeiro, where he was to be reunited with his American father.
David Goldman has been fighting for custody of his son, Sean, since his mother took him to Brazil in 2004.
Judge Marco Aurelio argued against taking Sean Richard Goldman from what has been his home for almost five years to the United States "in an abrupt manner."
I hope father and son can be reunited. The world likes to forget that fathers play a role in making babies! And some women seem to think they have sole ownership over a child!
Zentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 660 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1629 times:
Quoting YOWza (Reply 3): Wow I did not know that. Quite bizarre.
Well, naturally their courts are going to be biased toward their own citizens. Also, I guess the family court would see the grandparents as more fit to raise, what is in their minds a Japanese child--regardless if the child has spent their entire life abroad or even speaks Japanese.
Another problem is that the police are not empowered to enforce child custody rulings. Even if bother parents were citizens, the mother could refuse visitation rights and there is nothing the father could do.
Corinthians From United States of America, joined May 2008, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1627 times:
Quoting YOWza (Reply 3): You're joking right? Save the eye for an eye for the bible bashers. Mediate this out. Sense will prevail.
Not in Brazil. My friend who lives there is divorced and his ex-wife, who is a drug addict, got custody of the kid. The mother always gets custody of the child. That's how it works down there. Even if the person is a loser.
Tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
What I think is sick is the Judge and others that think they should ask the child what he wants. It is too huge a decision and viciously unfair to even consider asking a child such a question as "Who do you want to live with." I can't imagine a judge being so inexpert in his job as to think of doing something like that.
I don’t know that I am unafraid to be myself, but it is hard to be somebody else. -W. Shatner
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13078 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1606 times:
Quoting YOWza (Reply 3): Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1):
Perhaps we (the USA government) needs to refuse to return a child who is a citizen of Brazil who belongs there under their laws to extort Brazil to release this child.
You're joking right? Save the eye for an eye for the bible bashers. Mediate this out. Sense will prevail.
I was half-joking. I am quite sure there could be some exhange deal done that could work for both countries. The USA did return Elian Gonzalez to Cuba and his father, despite the political issues involved as it was the right thing by ours and international standards we are parties to. The problem in this case is that the Brazilian wife came from a financaly well off family that could afford top attorneys and perhaps use political connections to keep the kid while a foreigner blood father doesn't have those advantages.
Cgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1559 times:
This is soooo wrong. The boy MUST be returned to his natural father. The reasons the step-father are given are nothing but excuses to buy time. The longer he stalls the more time goes by and the less contact the boy and his natdad have. Then the Brazilians have the nerve to say its been too long and to give the boy back would be determental to the boy's mental state. Children are not so fragile they can't adjust to a new environment. Brazilian families never move or relocate???Kids adjust much better than people think.
What I don't understand is how the STEP-FATHER can make any claims whatsoever? If the natmom was still alive I could almost understand the conflict.
I think the step-father is really stretching it by accusing the natdad of not "doing" anything for his son's welfare? How can he, when the kid's been ABDUCTED and being kept from him in another country???
These stories really break my heart and I hope and pray the boy is re-united with his natfather. Anything else would be a crime, no matter what the Brazilian Supreme Court rules. Abduction is a crime and Brazil is a signature country of the treaty to stop this type of crime from taking place.
I'm going to stop now I feel a rant about to start.