A New Jersey man at the center of an international child custody battle spoke out about the toll the legal struggle has had on his 9-year-old son. The boy, now living in Brazil, feels torn between his father and the relatives with whom he now lives.

Daniel Goldman said Friday he thinks his son Sean is being “emotionally damaged.” Goldman is worried because three court psychologists who examined Sean claim the boy is being pressured by something called parental alienation.

Goldman has seen his son only three times in the past 5 years. He said Sean’s bedroom in New Jersey is ready and waiting for him when he comes home.

Goldman’s wife took Sean to Brazil in 2004. She died last year in childbirth, and the boy has been living with his mother’s new husband.