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 is 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

Do Women Get Child Custody More Often Than Men?
Many people assume that mothers are more likely to win custody of their children after divorce. That was true in the past, but now more fathers are getting shared custody.
Negotiating a House Buyout at Divorce
"Buying out" your spouse might be an option if you want to keep the house after a divorce.
Child Support Enforcement in California
Learn how to get help collecting child support in California, what agencies and courts can do to enforce child support, and what can happen to deadbeat parents.
Remarriage and Child Support in Washington
Child support in Washington State won't necessarily change just because one or both parents remarry. But remarriage might affect the amount of support in some circumstances—especially when a parent is supporting other children.
Child Support Modification in Washington State
Learn about Washington's rules for changing the amount of child support you're paying or receiving—and how to get help with your modification request.
Child Support Enforcement in Washington
Learn how to get help collecting child support in Washington State, what the state and courts can do to enforce child support, and what can happen to deadbeat parents.
Child Support in Washington
Learn how to calculate child support in Washington State, when judges may order a different amount than the standard calculation, and when child support ends.
How Much Does a Divorce Cost?
A real-world guide to typical divorce costs, the factors that make some divorces more expensive than others, and what you can do to lower the cost of your own divorce.
Understanding New Jersey Child Support Laws
In New Jersey, both parents have an obligation to financially support their children. But the term “child support” is actually more complicated than it may sound. This article will tell you what you need to know.
Common Law Marriage in Pennsylvania
It's a myth that you have a common law marriage if you've lived together for a number of years. Learn what it takes to prove you have a valid common law marriage in Pennsylvania.