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Tajara Dommershausen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Menasha, WI

4.4   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2001
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Tajara

Learn Tajara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce/legal separations, custody, collaborative divorce, and mediation services.

    23 years

  2. Mediation
    I am a trained mediator. Mediation is a way to resolve conflicts in which a neutral third person helps the parties reach an agreement by focusing on the key issues in a case, exchanging information without going thru expensive, stressful litigation

  3. Child custody
    paternity, mediation services, custody

    23 years

  4. Family
    Grandparents rights, pre-nuptial agreements, marital property agreements, paternity cases, mediation services, and guardianships.

    23 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    Don't leave planning to the last minute or the whims of the court complete your will, power of attorney (financial and medical), living will today!

    23 years


We have three offices:

1650 Midway Road Menasha, WI 54952

2001 Bowen Street, Oshkosh, WI 549

2830 Curry Court #2, Green Bay WI 54311

My practice is primarily in Appleton (Outagamie County), Oshkosh (Winnebago County), Chilton (Calumet County); however, I also regularly go to Green Bay (Brown County), Waupaca, Fond du Lac and Shawano.  I will go anywhere a client needs me.


Areas of Practice:

-Divorce/Family Law-(Divorce, Legal Separations, paternity, post-divorce, grandparents rights cases, adoptions, guardianships, collaborative divorce and acting as Guardian ad Litem for the rights of children). I am also a certified divorce mediator.


-Wills, Power of Attorney, Living Wills


Bar Admissions:


-Eastern District of Wisconsin






-Behavior Science and Law

Criminal Justice Certificate




A Fox Valley law firm, PETIT & DOMMERSHAUSEN, SC, has the experience and knowledge to address all of your legal needs. Our legal team will work to achieve the best possible results in your case. We understand that great outcomes don't just happen, they require skill, knowledge, hard work and personal commitment to every client. From us, you get no outrageous false promises, you get discreet and effective representation.


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Petit & Dommershausen SC
1650 Midway Road
At the intersection of Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet Counties.
Menasha, WI, 54952
Petit & Dommershausen Sc
2001 Bowen Street
Oshkosh, WI, 54901
Petit & Dommershausen Sc
2830 Curry Court #2
Green Bay, WI, 54311
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4.4 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by Tim | April 16, 2015
divorce is horrible but nice to have someone on your side
I' m glad I hired Tajara to handle my divorce. She was there for me...that is not to say divorce isn't horrible but it was good to have someone on my side. I thought that I would get screwed being the dad and having the bigger income and while the process was not fun, she made it way better.
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2014
Thank You!!
Attorney Dommershausen helped me with my divorce. She fought hard for everything that was important to me, and got me good results. Let's face it.. getting a divorce sucks. I'm glad I had her there to deal with the details!
Posted by Bob | June 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce final
Tajara and her staff, including her daughter and her paralegal Jennifer were very, very patient with my total ignorance in this divorce and anything else to help me move ford in this devastating time in my life. If it came to a questionable subject, Tajara took the time and initiative to find the legal answer. She is ruthless and will not back down unless the client insists. She and her staff are very down to earth and very easy to speak with. Do not be afraid to ask questions and make sure you record the answers for your own history to save time and money. Speaking of money, they are very fair with what they charge and do not charge for. Besides losing my wife of 35 years, Tajara and her team made me feel at ease which I felt was super important. Do I even have to say how much I recommend her?
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2015
Divorce is not fun...have someone on your side!
Divorce is awful...but I am happy to be rid of my ex. Glad it is over, should have divorced years ago as it would have been way cheaper! Tajara was great and got me thru it even though the other attorney and my ex refused to cooperate. If you have to go thru it make sure you aren't alone..without Tajara, I probably would have killed my ex or her lawyer!!
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Posted by Jeremy | May 22, 2015
One happy father.
I represented myself for the first 3 years until I hit a wall having to argue points in court. I knew I needed a good lwayer to help me finish my journey for 50/50. I researched family lawyers online and picked Tajara; best decision ever. Her 'bull-dog' projection gets stuff done. I was regularly updated on what was important. She didnt do things just to do them and always recommended ways for me to save $ on her own services. I watched Tajara professionally educate the opposing lawyer on family law as well as win over a local judge in brown county known to side with mothers. Impressive doesnt quite capture Tajara. In the end, Tajara was able to get me the perfect outcome at a very minimal expense to me as well as 1 year earlier than we had hoped for. I would not be the happiest father in the world right now if it had not been for the representation I found with Tajara. THANK YOU!
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2013
Very Good Lawyer
Tajara kept me informed throughout the process. She is very knowledgeable and helped me by letting me know what to expect throughout the duration. She was reassuring and listened to my concerns and addressed each one. I was very happy with her.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2012
Great help!!
Attorney Dommershausen did a great job on my bankruptcy! It was a hard thing to go thru but her and her staff made it alot less difficult. I have heard horror stories about other bankruptcy attorney being impossible to get ahold of but I never had that problem with them.
Posted by Jen | April 6, 2012
Great help!
Have been working with Tajara for years on numerous family issues. She is always a great help. She is willing to fight for you (but tell you what to really expect to get) Would recomment her to anyone.
Posted by Trista | March 29, 2012
Great Attorney!!
Tajara helped my husband adopt my daughter about a year ago. She is very smart and knows what she's talking about! She helped make the process go smoothly and was always patient with my million questions. Her paralegal, Angela, is also wonderful
Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2011
Great defense attorney
Attorney Dommershausen did a great job on my criminal case. She got best results than I expected. The fact that they have an in house investigator was great as they had the ability to look into stuff the cops missed!
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2011
Wonderful Attorney
I'm so grateful for Attorney Dommershausen's help with my divorce! I was very unsure and uninformed when I first sought her help. She is very knowledgeable and made sure I knew exactly what to expect. . She went above and beyond to make sure I got what I deserved (as well as our children)! She helped me with a very emotional time in my life. I recommend her to everyone who needs a great attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2011
Excellent Attorney and resonably priced
I've had Ms. Dommershausen as my attorney since 2007 and she has been very helpful in my yearly family court matters. She defends me, and is reasonably priced considering the quality of her work. Often times attorneys are so expensive that it's hard to hire one that one can afford and still get quality care. I for one do not have deep pockets. I've recommended Ms. Dommershausen to a number of friends, including fathers who may need someone to stand up for their rights.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2011
Excellent Attorney
Attorney Dommershausen was great for my divorce. She told me what was important and tried to keep it civil. When it became clear that it wasn't going to stay civil, she fought with the best of them and didn't let anyone intimidate her. It turned out great and my ex looked like an idiot!
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2010
Great divorce attorney!
Attorney Dommershausen was just what I needed for my divorce. She told me the law and what should happen but wouldn't let me get side tracked with stuff that the court couldn't really fix. Her advice was right on and I wouldn't have gotten through it without her and her paralegal!
Posted by Jessica | September 30, 2009
We had hired atty dommershausen for an adoption that couldve been very messy
We hired this atty for the adoption of my 2 step daughters, and thanks to her we won without a huge mess, nor battle!! I would recommend her to anyone who wants to win a battle in family matters! She personal, and confident in her judgement.
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2008
Excellent Defense
I was released from Jail without ever even to make a court appearance!
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor work ethic
Very slow and reactive vs proactive with strategy. Poor communication, actually they didn’t communicate when should have. Find another firm if complex divorce case.
Posted by Brad | November 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce/Family Law
Tajara was the third and worst attorney I have had to hire! Only ten grand for retainer to hire and that money was gone in no time with her other associates all getting there hands in the pot! Not to mention monthly billing statements have different hourly rates for the same people each month! I never even got to meet with Tajara face to face, or even see how she does in front of Judge an opposing counsel. Lastly, I’ve been fighting for custody(50/50 Placement) of my first born daughter for ten years. Now, after having at least 75/25 placement up until hiring Tajara who managed to get my placement taken away from me and then Tajara decided to file for withdrawal of counsel since she got what she wanted and left me broke and without my daughter!! Don’t hire for your own sake!
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2014
Can't Trust Her to Look Out for My Interest
I could write a book on how Tajara screwed up my case. But I'll leave you with the cliff notes: She signed orders that I NEVER agreed to. Went back on her word to speak with my spouse about my case when I am not available, which caused weeks of completely avoidable headaches and expenses, just so she could be childish. Finally, she never seemed to know what was going on with my case and didn't make much effort to keep me informed. The GAL involved in the case seem to know more about the court orders than my own attorney did. I am so happy to have proper representation now.
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Response from Tajara Dommershausen March 30, 2016
I cannot, under the ethics rules that apply to an attorney either confirm or deny that I have represented this person. My duty to a client and our oath of confidentiality doesn’t allow me to directly address criticisms; however, orders are from the court. Just because a client doesn't agree with the order doesn't mean that it is inaccurate as to what the court did. The court has the attorneys sign on as to form of the order and to confirm that the order is consistent with what was ordered, signing is not agreeing to the contents!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Petit & Dommershausen Sc
  • 2022 - Present
  • Partner/owner
  • Petit & Dommershausen SC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate
  • Petit & Parker
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Associate Attorney
  • Petit Law Office
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Intern
  • Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Intern
  • Rock County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Intern for Judge Adelman
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Intern
  • Cubby & Pepper
  • 1999 - 1999
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  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Marquette University Law School
  • Guardian Ad Litem Certification
  • 2001
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Certificate
  • 1996
  • DeForest High School
  • 1992
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Ford
  • Case Dismissed
  • State v. Rhone
  • Not guilty at jury trial


  • Legal Action of Wisconsin
  • Executive Committee
  • 2021 - Present
  • HBBA
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin Board of Directors
  • Winnebago County Board Representative
  • 2016 - Present
  • Paralegal Advisory Committee at Fox Valley Technical College
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Outagamie County Self Help Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Society
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Fox Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Outagamie County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • University of Wisconsin Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Bench and Bar Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Outagamie County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Outagamie County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Outagamie County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Menasha Mock Trial Coach
  • 2002 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer-Divorce
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer-Divorce
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer-Divorce
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer-Divorce
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer-Divorce
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer- Divorce
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer -Divorce
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Family Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Superb Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Partnering to Empower
  • Christine Ann Center
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • Law in Every Day Life
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (56)
Given (37)
Endorse Tajara
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. In family law, understanding what a particular judge's tendencies are for child placement and financial issues is critical to success. Tajara knows the judges well and has earned their respect as a prepared, experienced and trustworthy attorney. She will vigorously fight for her clients to achieve what is possible, and is strong enough to help clients avoid wasting time, emotion and money on unrealistic or counter-productive ideas."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Certain qualities are vital when you are looking for a family law attorney: intelligence, aggressiveness, dedication to clients, and a thorough knowledge and understanding of the law. Attorney Dommershausen has all of these qualities. I have referred friends and family members to her and would do so again without hesitation or reservation. She is, put simply, one of the best."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Tajara has extensive knowledge and experience in her practice area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Dommershausen is a very knowledgable and effective advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Dommershausen is a very dedicated advocate for her clients and fights hard for them. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Dommershausen is very knowledgeable and experienced in family law. She works tirelessly to craft unique solutions and to achieve the best possible results for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Dommershausen works tirelessly as a zealous advocate on behalf of her clients. An excellent family law attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Dommershausen is a very passionate attorney who advocates tirelessly for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Atty. Dommershausen is a skilled advocate for her clients and is able to use her experience to guide them through difficult legal situations. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tajara knows how to get results. She is extremely practical and effective in her approach to the law. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Dommershausen provides excellent client representation supported by a clear grasp of even the most nuanced legal concepts. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Dommershausen goes the distance for every client to get great results."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer goes to great lengths to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very knowledgeable in all things family law."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Dommershausen is a tireless advocate who gets great results for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Talented, tough and thorough litigator."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
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