David Goldman Has a New Wife and a Son
David Goldman, a former commercial pilot, has a new wife and a son. He is a father and a survivor of parental alienation, an abuse that he was diagnosed with after his son was abducted to Brazil in 2004 when he was four years old.
He is a member of the Bring Sean Home Foundation that helps other families facing child abductions and has testified in front of Congress several times on this topic, including before Representative Chris Smith (N.J.) when he introduced legislation that would help reduce the financial and emotional cost of child abductions. He has written a memoir about his journey that is set to be released by Viking this month called “A Father’s Love.”
What happened in 2004?
In 2004, David Goldman’s then-wife, Bruna Bianchi, took their son Sean on what they hoped would be a two-week vacation to her native country of Brazil. But once there, she divorced him and eventually remarried. Ultimately, she died from complications of childbirth.
It was then that Goldman began a five-year international custody battle in which he tried to use the Hague Convention dealing with child abductions. In order to get his son back, he needed to convince a Brazilian court that he was Sean’s biological father and therefore legally entitled to custody of him.
What he did wasn’t easy, and the fight was costly and emotionally draining. But he focused his efforts and used the support of a group of lawyers and volunteers to try to win the case.
His focus, determination, and unconditional love for his son were rewarded when the President of the Brazilian Supreme Court ordered Sean returned to the U.S. with his father on December 24, 2009.
He now lives in Tinton Falls, N.J., and he has visited Brazil several times since his return to the United States. His son has a therapist who visits with him at least three or four times a year.
The boy has made great strides in school and he is learning to speak English fluently. He also has taught himself to ride a bike and swing a baseball bat, and he is now getting A’s and B’s in his classes.
Now, he’s trying to make sure that other children who have been abducted get home quickly, too. His goal is to prevent other children from being put through the same emotional trauma that he went through.
In his book, Goldman talks about the struggles he faced and the things he learned from his experience. He hopes that the book will raise awareness about child abduction and help other parents.
The child abduction issue is a hot one that has garnered significant attention over the years. But it remains a complex legal issue that can cost families a lot of money and take months to resolve.
It was because of this that Smith, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, got involved in the case. He traveled to Brazil with Sean’s father and worked with him and his team of lawyers and volunteers to help him get the child back.