A N.J. father involved in a five-year court battle over custody of his son has been awarded custody by Brazil’s chief justice.

Rio de Janiero (WiredPRNews.com) – A New Jersey father, involved in a long-term international custody battle, has been awarded custody of his son by Brazil’s chief justice. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Supreme Court Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes ordered on Tuesday that the Brazilian relatives of the nine year-old boy return him to his father, David Goldman, in the U.S.

As noted by the AP, the child was taken to Brazil in 2004 by Goldman’s wife, who is now deceased. Attorneys for both sides have reportedly stated the Brazilian family could still appeal the ruling; however, a decision in their favor is unlikely. Greg Lewen of the Miami-based law firm Fowler White Burnett, who specializes in the Hague Convention, is quoted in the report as stating, “It would be virtually impossible to reconcile international law with a ruling in favor of the Brazilian family.”

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