E.A. Gjelten

Legal Editor

E.A. (Liz) Gjelten has been a legal editor at Nolo since 2016. She enjoys using her research, analytical, and writing skills to translate complex legal issues into jargon-free language that’s accessible to lay readers without compromising accuracy.

Legal background. Before coming to Nolo, Liz worked for 12 years as a legal author for Thomson Reuters, writing about new legal developments in family law and workers’ compensation for Westlaw and print publications. She also researched and wrote the annual roundup of new California legislation for a monthly family law journal. Before that, Liz worked for 15 years as an author, legal editor, and managing editor for California Family Law Report, a small legal publishing company.

Working at Nolo. Since 2021, Liz has worked as the legal editor for family law and divorce, drawing on her years of experience researching, writing, and editing in that area. Before that, Liz was a special projects editor, writing articles on a range of topics, including workers’ compensation, civil rights, and animal law.

Other pursuits. Liz has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She’s a produced playwright and has taught at San Francisco State University and New College of California. She’s also worked as a freelance book editor, journalist, and grant writer.

Articles By E.A. Gjelten

Adultery in Washington, D.C.: Does Cheating Affect Alimony?
Learn whether and how an extramarital affair could affect alimony, property division, or other issues in your D.C. divorce.
Legal Separation in D.C. FAQ
If your marriage isn't working for you anymore, you might be wondering if divorce is the best way forward, or if legal separation would be a better option. Learn how legal separation works in D.C. and how it's different than divorce.
Who Makes Medical Decisions for a Child After Divorce?
Making medical decisions for a child after divorce is one of the most important responsibilities a parent has. Learn how courts decide which parent gets to make medical decisions and what to do if you don’t agree with your co-parent’s decisions.
Understanding and Calculating Child Support in Hawaii
Learn how child support is calculated under Hawaii's guidelines, as well as how to enforce and change your current support order.
Adultery in Delaware: Does Cheating Affect Alimony?
If you’re getting divorced in Delaware, and your spouse has cheated on you, will it have an impact on any alimony award? And what about other issues in your divorce?
How Domestic Violence Affects Child Custody in California
Child custody disputes can be difficult enough in normal circumstances, but they’re especially fraught when domestic violence or child abuse is part of the picture. Learn how California judges handle these cases.
Understanding and Calculating Alimony in California
Learn about the kinds of spousal support available in California, how judges decide the amount of alimony and how long it will last, and whether you can change the award later.
How Domestic Violence Affects Child Custody in Missouri
Learn how domestic violence can affect a judge's decisions about custody and visitation in Missouri, including when judges may allow an abusive parent to see a child or have parenting time.
Child Custody in Missouri
Missouri law presumes that equal parenting time is best for children—but you might be able to prove otherwise. Learn how judges decide, and how to change your current custody or visitation arrangements.
How to Separate: Protect Your Rights Before Divorce
If you're considering filing for divorce, should you move out of your marital home? Does your state require you to separate? How can you protect your rights?