Yesterday, a New Jersey father received custody of his nine-year-old son, after a protracted custody fight with Brazilian authorities that eventually involved President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. David Goldman of Tinton Falls, NJ and son Sean arrived in Florida last night via a NBC News chartered plane; Goldman released a statement saying, "It is now time for our new beginning, the rebirth of our family at such a special time of the year."

Five years ago, Goldman's wife Bruna Bianchi went to her native Rio de Janeiro with four-year-old Sean for a vacation—which then turned permanent when she told her husband was staying and wanted a divorce. Bianchi then remarried and Goldman sought custody since 2004. Bianchi died while in labor with a second child last year, and Sean's stepfather, Paulo Lins e Silva, "a prominent divorce attorney," fought for custody, arguing that Sean would be taken from the family he's known for years, but the Brazilian Supreme Court ordered that Sean be handed over to his biological father.

The nine-year-old was filmed looking distraught while clutching stepfather Silva being taken to the American Consulate through a scrum of media. Rep. Chris Smith of NJ said, "I think it was shameless. It was highly unprofessional of the lawyer to do this. Above all it was very hurtful for Sean. The U.S. Embassy offered two very private and discreet means of coming in, including access-way into an underground garage, to shield Sean from that kind of glare and publicity and people, you know, rocking back and forth and shouting. It was traumatizing." (Silva's lawyer said it was their way of protesting the decision.)

Smith later said that Goldman and Sean shared "lots of smiles, hugs... They talked about basketball, the snowfall in New Jersey just recently and how much fun it is to play in the snow." NBC News reporter Jeff Rossen, who accompanied the Goldmans on the flight (expect more NBC exclusives) also said they were playing with games on the flight. Goldman, amazed his son was just "five feet away," told Rossen, "My heart is just melting...I love him."

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A family friend said the pair are going to Disney World. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement about the resolution, "I am thrilled that 9-year-old Sean Goldman was reunited with his father David Goldman earlier today in Rio de Janeiro and that they are flying home to New Jersey. I want to thank everyone who helped bring this long process to a successful conclusion, including a number of members of Congress and many concerned parties both here and in Brazil. We also appreciate the assistance and cooperation of the Government of Brazil in upholding its obligations under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. I offer my warmest wishes for father and son as they celebrate their first holiday season together in five years."

Of course, David's mental well-being is of concern: Psychologist Dr. Jenn Berman told WCBS 2, "Emotionally speaking, this is a psychological Armageddon because he has had trauma after trauma," while NY Presbyterian's Dr. Alan Manevitz said, "This is extremely challenging for everyone. While it's being painted to some degree as a Christmas story here in America, for the young boy he was planning to have Christmas in Brazil with what he was familiar with. And he's been torn out of that. This is really his third trauma. He was separated from his father originally at four, he had the divorce, his mother died a year ago, and now he's separated from his Brazilian family. It's good he's going home to his father who loves him, but it's very important over the next few days, and really over the next six months to a year, it's going to be a long transition for him."