E.A. Gjelten

Legal Editor

E.A. (Liz) Gjelten has been a special projects editor at Nolo since 2016. A generalist when it comes to subject matter, 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.

Nolo. In addition to her work on surveys about lay people’s experiences with the legal process, Liz writes articles for Nolo.com, Lawyers.com, Criminaldefenselawyer.com, and Alllaw.com in several areas of the law, including workers’ compensation, criminal law, civil rights, school law, and animal law. 

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

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

What Causes Divorce? 8 Common Reasons Marriages End
Whether you’re just curious or thinking of your own marital challenges, here’s a look at what research has to say about the most common causes of divorce.
Uncontested Divorce in Wisconsin
Learn how you can save money and time by filing an uncontested joint divorce petition in Wisconsin.
Uncontested Divorce in Tennessee
Learn how you can save time and money by getting an uncontested divorce in Tennessee.
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.
Uncontested Divorce in Oklahoma
Learn about the procedures and requirements for a "waiver divorce" in Oklahoma—the least-expensive and quickest way to get an uncontested divorce in the state.
How Much Does Divorce Mediation Cost?
A guide to typical costs for different types of divorce mediation, with information on the factors that affect costs and the risks of some cost-saving measures.
Divorce Mediation in Florida
Learn how family mediation works in Florida, including when you might be ordered to mediate your divorce, what happens after mediation, and how much it costs.
The Essential Guide to Texas Divorce Mediation
Find out how divorce mediation works in Texas—everything from how the process starts to how it ends and how much it costs.
The Essential Guide to Divorce Mediation in California
Learn how the divorce mediation process in California works, how much it costs, and the difference between private and court-ordered mediation.
Divorce Rate Myths & More: 5 Key Findings From the Statistics
Statistics about divorce in the U.S. can be confusing if not contradictory, but you can begin to make sense of them here.