Kathleen Donelli, who won a landmark New York State Court of Appeals custody decision in Tropea v. Tropea, 87 N.Y.2d 727, 665 N.E.2d 145, 642 N.Y.S.2d 575 (1996) and frequently lectures on child relocation issues, was interviewed by the New York Times (3/28/1996) on child relocation cases. In the interview, Kathleen, who represented the mother in Tropea, said that Tropea should not be read as endorsing the traditional view of custody disputes that a mother should always triumph. She then had this to say:
"'More and more fathers are gaining custody of their children,' Ms. Donelli said, pointing to a 1993 Court of Appeals decision that blocked a father with custody from moving to New Jersey with his new wife to ease their commute to their jobs. 'Now there is less of a burden for a custodial parent to gain permission to relocate,' she added."