The Sean Goldman case in the Brazilian Courts represents the problems that exist in any legal system. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t. But usually it takes much longer than it should. However, that doesn’t make it right!
As many custodial embattled parents are told, the legal system rarely takes a child away from any biological parent unless that parent. As I once heard, even crack cocaine mothers retain some right to custody of their child. But in the Sean Goldman case, the Brazilian courts have still not transferred custody over to David Goldman an ensured that his son was on a plane back to New Jersey, U.S.A.
In the Elian Gonazlez case, it took then Attorney Janet Reno to take Elian Gonzalez with force and ensure he was on a plane back to Cuba, despite the political differences that existed between both countries.
To this American, it appears that Joao Paulo Lins e Silva, has either paid off the Brazilian Courts or it is the Brazilian pride that is keeping this child from his biological father. I personally don’t understand which one it is, but I truly hope that the Brazilians eventually do the right thing in the best interests of this child. As most of us in the family abduction community have experienced, parentally kidnapped children are resilient and when they are returned to their left behind victim parent — they will go on to live a very good life. David Goldman will be a good parent, and it is very wrong for the Lins e Silva family to challenge that.
The Lins e Silva family are lawyers. They would argue the case for their interests regardless of the circumstances. We must not forget that it was originally David Goldman’s former spouse that kidnapped the child, and that’s an issue that the Lin e Silva family would like us to forget. If we switched the circumstances and it was David Goldman who kidnapped his son from Brazil and after residing in the United States, remarried and it was his new wife that had custody, I’m sure the Lins e Silva family would be in the United States arguing for custody just as David Goldman was. And I’m sure just like Elian Gonzalez, the American Court System would do the right thing.
Okay, Brazilian Courts, it’s time for you to man-up or court-up and return Sean Goldman to Jersey. I urge all American’s to boycott travel to Brazil until this happens.