I know that I promised fun and frivolity today, but instead of delivering on that promise, I've chosen to write about an important turn of events in the story of a dad seeking to be reunited with his son.
Yesterday I heard on the Today Show that David Goldman has finally been permitted to see his son after an over 4 year separation. Woo-hoo!!!
If you've been following this international story over the years, you will remember that Mr. Goldman has been trying to reach his son who was abducted by his mom (David's ex-wife) to Brazil when the boy was 4 years old. David has been "working" the Brazilian court system all these years and been sent away in frustration until this week. He tried to visit the boy in Brazil many times, staying for days, but was refused access to his own son.
His ex-wife took a trip to Brazil with her family while she and David were still married. Once she was in Brazil, she called and told David she and their son Sean would not be returning to the U.S. She was granted a divorce from David, that was recognized as legal in Brazil (not in the U.S.). She then went on to remarry a lawyer from a prominent Brazilian family and he was given custody of the boy after David's ex-wife died during childbirth last month. David Goldman was "wiped" from the birth certificate and he has been battling to regain custody of his son. His goal to return the boy to live with him in the United States is finally getting nearer.
At a time where there are so many absentee dads, David has been nobly working to gain custody of his son who he so clearly loves. This is a heartwarming story that will soon (hopefully) have a happy ending. For more on this story visit bringseanhome.org.