"In 2004, David Goldman dropped off his wife, Bruna, and then-4-year-old son, Sean, at the airport for a two-week vacation in Brazil. Shortly after she arrived in her native country, Bruna told David she wanted a divorce and planned to stay in Brazil with their son.
Bruna later remarried and got pregnant, but she died while giving birth last summer. Goldman thought he was getting his son back, but a Brazilian family court judge granted custody of Sean to Bruna's new husband."
Goldman has been on every other TV show for years pleading his case.
But something about this whole scenario just rings hollow.
He claims no knowledge of any problems in the marriage before the wife split. OK. I can buy that. Been there, done that, twice.
But apparently there were problems. Problems so great that she didn't feel she could talk to him about them. Problems so great that she not only had to stage a surreptitious and dramatic escape to another continent, but she had to take her son with her.
According to Goldman, he got a call from Brazil on Father's Day.
"Bruna [his wife] says, "David, we need to talk. You're a great guy. You're a wonderful father, but our love affair is ended, is over. I've decided I want to live in Brazil and you need to come down to Brazil immediately and sign 10 pages of papers with my attorney." There was a list of demands on these papers. One was giving her full custody. Another was to never go to the courts to file any claims of kidnapping or criminal charges."
Alright, I've been through two divorces and more breakups than most people have had relationships. This account just reeks of bullshit. Relationships just don't end this way.
There is some shit going on that we don't know about and probably won't because the wife and mother is dead.
But here is what I think this is about.
As the biological father, Goldman is obligated to provide child support.
But the child's mother is dead and the child support payments would be going to the step father in Brazil, the man his wife left him for, and who has custody of his son.
His son is now 9 years old. I don't think Goldman wants to be forced to pay 5 years of retroactive and 9 years of proactive child support to the Brazilian guy who fucked and stole his wife.
Can't say as I blame him.
But it's completely wrong to stick his son in the middle of a 5 year long, international custody dispute in order to save face and money. That's not putting the interest of he child first.
The child is blameless in this and should be every one's first priority. Clearly, he is not.
This is all speculation on my part. I don't know what Goldman's motivation is. I don't know why his wife felt it necessary to make such a dramatic escape. I don't know why she remarried and became tragically pregnant so quickly. I don't know why Goldman would spend so much money over so many years to regain custody of a son that doesn't even remember him. I don't know why the wife's family in Brazil would fight so hard to keep the kid from going back to his father.
All I know is, it smells. Something isn't right. We don't have the complete story.