focused on your unique needs


to give you control of your destiny


for better outcomes






Our firm practices family law exclusively. We combine over two decades of experience and an award winning team to provide optimal client experience.

Matthew Abatemarco

is former president of the Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group.  Given his experience as a problem solver, he is often selected as a Mediator and Arbitrator by his colleagues.  Matthew served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Patricia B. Roe, former Presiding Judge of the Family Court in Burlington and Ocean Counties. Matthew has spoken at NJICLE, NJAPM, as well as NJSCPA seminars.

Gregory Thomlison

is frequently appointed by his colleagues as a Mediator and routinely volunteers as an Early Settlement Panelist to assist the Court in resolving disputed matrimonial cases. Greg has been appointed by the Courts as Guardian ad Litem to assist incapacitated individuals. Greg also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Patricia B. Roe, former Presiding Judge of the Family Court in Burlington and Ocean Counties. Greg has moderated and lectured at seminars for the Ocean County Bar Association's Family Law Committee, where he is presently serving as the Chair. Greg volunteers for South Jersey Legal Services' Family Assist Program.

William Robert Frantz

is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers School of Law – Camden. After graduating law school, Rob was an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia for over a decade before transitioning to the practice of Family Law. In his time as an Assistant District Attorney, Rob was assigned to the Major Trials Unit and prosecuted thousands of dangerous criminal defendants including both bench and jury trials. Rob uses his experience in the courtroom to resolve complex issues families encounter in the uncoupling process while simultaneously negotiating resolutions from a position of strength.

All three attorneys were members of the Domestic Violence clinic at Rutgers Law School, with each attorney receiving honors related to that service. With their settlement minded approach and ability to navigate a trial, the attorneys at our firm have the necessary experience to handle your matter.


Our lawyers have received substantial accolades for their accomplishments in Family Law.

Matthew R. Abatemarco, Esq.

  • Selected as Super Lawyer* 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • Selected by his peers as a 2018 Top Lawyer by Monmouth Health & Life
  • Recipient of Deborah Michael Richards Award for Excellence in Family Law
  • Recipient of the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Awards from Rutgers University Law School

Gregory Thomlison, Esq.

  • Selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star* designation each year from 2014 to 2018 and 2020 to 2021
  • Received the Lisa and Kolin Pimental Memorial Award for his Excellence in Domestic Violence Law and the Pro Bono Publico Award for his service to the Pro Bono Domestic Violence Program at Rutgers University School of Law
  • Recipient of the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Awards from Rutgers University School of Law

Wm. Robert Frantz, Esq.

  • Recipient of the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Awards from Rutgers University School of Law
  • Recipient of the Justice Richard J. Hughes Award
  • Recipient of the Rutgers School of Law Pro Bono Publico Award

Why Us?


More than 20 years of combined experience to provide innovative solutions to complex family matters.


• Recipient of the 2021 Justice Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the Legal Aid Society
• Recipient of multiple awards for pro bono service and recognition in the area of domestic violence
• 5 Star Client Reviews

Client Focus

Our client-centered process enables you to participate in decisions that affect your outcome.

Team Approach

Become a part of our team of professionals – even financial advisors, accountants, and therapists when required – dedicated to a positive outcome for you.

Innovative Solutions

We brainstorm, strategize, innovate and execute unique ways to protect your interests.


We strive to keep your costs down. Mediation and negotiation are better, faster, cheaper when possible… but when the other party won’t deal, we will zealously litigate your matter.


Our Family Law Focus


Collaborative Law...

can be better, faster, more efficient … and potentially less stressful to avoid going to court! Collaborative Law can provide a constructive resolution to a seemingly irreconcilable nightmare.


also can be better, faster, more efficient than a court battle: Mediation uses a specially skilled neutral professional to help both parties come to a peaceful resolution.


the least desirable but often the only way to deal with a particularly intransigent adversary: if your matter must be litigated, our team will fight to protect you and your children.

Child Custody...

is complicated, intense and distressing. Be sure you have the MRA law team on your side. Review our client testimonials to see how we have helped.

Child Support...

is about the wellbeing of your child. Whether you are paying or receiving, our award-winning team fights for fairness.

Parenting Time...

can be gut-wrenching, ego- driven, vengeance-seeking battles. We will work with you to develop innovative solutions to what could be a lose/lose mess.


disputes can be a minefield. Settlement? Modification? Compliance? Enforcement? It can be confusing and painfully contentious. Miscalculation can be costly. Call on MRA Law to be your guide.

Equitable Distribution of property...

raises countless questions. Who gets what? Why? What is fair? Are all assets at play? When does the court decide? What variables do courts consider? There is little margin for error here. Call MRA Law now!

Restraining Orders...

are one of the most desperate and frightening things a person can experience. A Restraining Order can offer protection for a victim or set the case for an uphill custody battle in the future. Either way, the attorneys at MRA Law can help. Procrastination can be devastating. Call us right now.

What Clients Say.

My Calming Force

Going through a divorce is never easy but having Matt was my saving grace. Always there when I needed him even after I thought it was all over. He’s a wonderful lawyer, a great person and a phenomenal friend. I thank my lucky stars for him!



Compassionate but Tough

Matt is bright, honest, understanding and will not take advantage of your time or finances. He understands the psychological and financial toll divorce takes on a family and is always concerned for you and your children. Most importantly he will not be taken advantage of and won’t let you be taken advantage of either. My spouse was always trying to manipulate things and was unable to get anything past Matt.



Most Caring Sincere Lawyer Ever!

I recently got divorced and Matt was my attorney. From the onset he has been nothing but supportive and honest. He has high moral standards in his work as well as the highest moral character. I highly recommend him to anyone. Do not believe otherwise. He always placed the well being of my children And I first! Highly recommended!



Very Pleased With Outcome

Mr. Abatemarco helped me tremendously through my mediation and divorce process and was extremely personable, understanding and professional. He answered all my questions and returned my calls in a timely manner. Thank you for making the process easier.



So thankful

Mr. Abatemarco was a tremendous asset during my divorce. He is a knowledgable, kind and honest man and I was so thankful to have him represent me in my divorce. My case included challenges in that my ex-husband is in the military. Mr. Abatemarco ensured that all bases were covered and worked to obtain a fair settlement arrangement. I highly recommend him.



Very sharp and professional

After being through a previous mediator with regards to my divorce proceedings.
I can say that Mr Abatemarco was excellent in his grasp of the details and a great negotiator!
Very professional.



Effective Mediator

Divorcing is a traumatic experience. Emotions can run high and the differences that brought you there can be very contentious. Matt guided us through the process where we both felt like we had a voice in the matter and were fairly represented. It would not have gone nearly as smoothly as it did without his council. If you find yourself in a similar situation, I would recommend him highly.



Professional, Compassionate, Outstanding.

Mr. Abatemarco is a gentleman with an impressive legal arsenal: a wealth of knowledge, keen interpersonal skills, and an ability to mediate matters with the most difficult of personalities…



Great experience

I highly recommend Matt as an attorney. He was extremely knowledgeable, very professional and fair. My divorce has the potential of being very contentious and Matt worked hard to get the core issues resolved and help my spouse and I get through it in a respectful and productive manner. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!




Let's Work Together

Matthew R. Abatemarco, Esq., LLC

1312 Atlantic Ave
Manasquan, NJ 08736

Phone: (732) 491-8075
Fax: (732) 491-8085