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

Uncontested Divorce in Illinois
Learn about the process of uncontested divorce in Illinois.
Adultery in Georgia: Does Cheating Affect Alimony?
If you’re facing the end of your marriage because you or your spouse had an extramarital affair, you might be wondering how the infidelity might affect your divorce. Learn how Georgia divorce law deals with adultery.
How Do I File for Divorce in Massachusetts?
Wondering where to begin and how to file a divorce? Learn about the necessary forms and instructions to file for a divorce in Massachusetts.
Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in Idaho?
Learn how a decision by the Idaho Supreme Court affects grandparents' rights to get visitation with their grandchildren over the parents' objections.
Property Division by State
If you and your spouse can't agree on how to distribute property during your divorce, a judge will divide your assets under the laws in your state. Learn about the differences between community property and equitable distribution states.
California Allows You to Get Married Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Learn how to get a marriage license online and have a virtual wedding ceremony in California during the COVID emergency.
Dividing Property in a Washington Divorce
Washington is a community property state, but that doesn't necessarily mean the judge will split your property 50/50 when you divorce. Learn how Washington courts divide assets and debts in a divorce—and how you can avoid having a judge decide for you.
Grounds for Divorce in Texas
Texas allows both no-fault and fault-based divorce. Learn about the legally acceptable reasons for getting divorced in the state.
Adultery in Texas: Does Cheating Affect Alimony?
If you’re facing the end of your marriage because you or your spouse had an extramarital affair, you might be wondering how the infidelity might affect your divorce. Learn how Texas divorce law deals with adultery.
Adultery in California: Does Cheating Affect Alimony?
We've all heard of marriages ending because one spouse was unfaithful. But does your spouse's misconduct matter when it comes to alimony and other issues in a California divorce?