Sean Goldman 9, arrives at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hugging his Brazilian stepfather, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva. The man in the suit at right is the family's attorney Sergio Tostes. David Goldman's bitter five-year battle to regain custody of his son neared conclusion Wednesday, when the child's Brazilian family halted its legal efforts as a court-ordered deadline for delivering the boy loomed. Goldman has said repeatedly that until he is on a plane heading to the U.S. with 9-year-old Sean at his side, he would not feel relief. But with a court ordering the boy's handover Thursday morning at the U.S. Consulate, the end appeared to be in sight.
A New Jersey man whose 5-year custody battle for his son became international news has a book coming out next year.
David Goldman's "A Father's Love" will be released in May by Viking, the publisher announced Monday.
In 2004, Goldman was married and living in Tinton Falls, N.J. when his wife Bruna Bianchi flew to Brazil with their 4-year-old son, Sean, for what was supposed to be a vacation. She announced she was staying there with Sean, later divorced Goldman and remarried.
Goldman spent years in American and Brazilian courts before he finally brought Sean home in 2009. Bianchi died in 2008 in childbirth, but Sean's Brazilian stepfather and grandmother continued to fight for custody in Brazil.