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David Goldman can have Sean during the week…in Brazil

As promised, the latest chapter of David Goldman’s struggle to get his son back in his life, correcting an error that should never have happened in the first place!

The Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) did not accept the Progressive Party’s ridiculous motion. All judges voted against it, including Marco Aurelio Melo, who had accepted it in the first place! Justice Ellen Gracie Northfleet impressed me with her discourse on the Hague Convention. Ricardo Zamariola, David’s lawyer in Brazil, impressed me with his youth and to the point presentation of the case. Minister Antonio Toffoli impressed me with his oratory skills and extreme common sense about the case.

Who did not impress me? Sergio Tostes, the maternal family’s attorney. Old rhetoric, cheap emotionalism.

With that out of the way, the case went back to the Federal level. After Judge Pinto’s wonderful decision which made everyone ecstatic, it was frustrating to hear that the case still had to be judged at the Rio Federal court. Delay, delay.

A few days later, we were shocked to see a transcript of an interview made by a PUC (Catholic University in Rio) psychologist, friends with the family, who interviewed Sean Goldman. The family one more time exploited the boy to get what they wanted: cheap emotionalism. Sean was cowered into saying he did not want to live with his father or either see him. I can only imagine how hurtful it must have been for David to read those lines, after all the sacrifice he has made for Sean, the trips, the gifts, the hugs and “I love yous”.

Talk about parental alienation at its finest.

One day later we were stunned to hear that Judge Pinto, the hand behind the 82 page document detailing parental alienation and Sean’s immediate return to David, decided that the transition period would he held in Brazil instead of New Jersey.

We took the news with a grain of salt. While it is great that David could spend a lot more time with his son without any interference from the “dark side”, we also knew how impratical it is for him to have to spend long periods of time in a country where he does not speak the language, have a work visa or know his way around. He is being inconvenienced while the maternal family, who has more time and money, is not.

Meanwhile, everybody is waiting for the final decision, which I still hope will be positive. I have a feeling that after the transition period and after David has spent time with Sean down there, they will let both come home finally. To be continued…

A few days later, we were shocked to see a transcript of an interview made by a PUC (Catholic University in Rio) psychologist, friends with the family, who interviewed Sean Goldman. The family one more time exploited the boy to get what they wanted: cheap emotionalism. Sean was cowered into saying he did not want to live with his father or either see him. I can only imagine how hurtful it must have been for David to read those lines, after all the sacrifice he has made for Sean, the trips, the gifts, the hugs and “I love yous”.

Talk about parental alienation at its finest.

One day later we were stunned to hear that Judge Pinto, the hand behind the 82 page document detailing parental alienation and Sean’s immediate return to David, decided that the transition period would he held in Brazil instead of New Jersey.

We took the news with a grain of salt. While it is great that David could spend a lot more time with his son without any interference from the “dark side”, we also knew how impratical it is for him to have to spend long periods of time in a country where he does not speak the language, have a work visa or know his way around. He is being inconvenienced while the maternal family, who has more time and money, is not.

Meanwhile, everybody is waiting for the final decision, which I still hope will be positive. I have a feeling that after the transition period and after David has spent time with Sean down there, they will let both come home finally. To be continued…

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June 24, 2009 - Posted by | Activism

1 Comment »

  1. you should try to learn more about the real brazilian people, there is a huge country here, with diferent kind of people (like in your country), good people, bad people, people who cares about politc, people that rather to watch soccer (in your case football).
    If you really intend to learn something about Brasil, talk to real brazilian people, here , in Brasil, not with those who ran from the country, if they are out of their country is probably because they weren´t confortable here. Think about it and try to discover the real Brasil, the one without samba, football and beachs, the country tha does not appear in your TV.

    Comment by alexandre | December 25, 2009 | Reply


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