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

Basic Divorce Residency Requirements in Your State
A complete guide to the residency requirements for divorce in all 50 states and D.C.
Legal Separation in North Carolina
Learn how the legal separation process works in North Carolina.
Same-Sex Divorce: Everything You Need to Know
Married gay couples have the same right to get divorced as straight couples. But they might face particular complications, including issues around parental and property rights..
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.
Grounds for Divorce in Louisiana
Learn about the legal reasons for divorce in Louisiana, the state's separation requirement for no-fault divorce, and why you might want to get a fault divorce based on your spouse's misconduct.
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?
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.
Maine Divorce: Dividing Property
Find out how marital property and debts are divided in a Maine divorce.
How Do I File for Divorce in Texas
Learn about the basic steps to start the process of getting divorced in Texas, including how to find and get help with the forms, how to file them with the court, and the steps you can skip in an agreed divorce.
Sexless Marriage and Divorce
If you’re in a marriage without physical intimacy, it can help to learn the possible causes, what you can do to try to save your relationship, and—if those efforts don’t work—whether the lack of sex can be grounds for divorce.