Brazilian National Human Rights Secretariat head Paulo Vannuchi says the court shouldn’t give absolute custody to either party. He told a Brazilian congressional hearing Wednesday of last week, the boy should stay in Brazil but the U.S. father should have liberal visitation rights according to this report.
Last month the U.S. Senate called for Brazil to return Sean to his dad in NJ. They were strong words but backed with little action.
The U.S. Embassy posted this statement on their website.
Brazil and the United States have an international agreement about how to handle wrongful retention and wrongful abduction of children from their original countries of residence: The Hague Convention of 1980. Both countries are obliged to make sure that this treaty is enforced.
The U.S. Embassy notes that a case centering on this question is currently before the 16th Federal Court in Rio and we are respectfully awaiting the decision of that court. Brazil has an independent and professional judiciary. This is not a question that should be decided in the press or the court of public opinion.
The wrongful removal and wrongful retention of children from their homes, and the forced separation of parent and child is unnecessary and cruel. The United States has facilitated the return of seven children to Brazil since The Hague treaty entered into force between our two countries. We call on the office of the Secretary of Human Rights to support the return of all children wrongfully removed and wrongfully retained.
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Offers Statement on Goldman Child Custody Case
CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ — The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an organization comprised of the nation’s top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys, has released a statement on the Goldman international child custody case and the need for the country of Brazil to return the boy to his father in the United States:
“Because the rights and best interests of a child must always take precedence, the AAML believes that Brazil should do everything within its power to return Sean Goldman and uphold the previously agreed to tenets of The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction,” said Gary Nickelson, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “As one of the signatory countries to Hague, the Brazilian government should never look the other way while a parent takes a child and violates valid court orders and the provisions of this international agreement.”