23 Pa C.S. § 3701 (2006) Definitions
§ 3701. Alimony
(a) GENERAL RULE.– Where a divorce decree has been entered, the court may allow alimony, as it deems reasonable, to either party only if it finds that alimony is necessary.
(b) FACTORS RELEVANT.– In determining whether alimony is necessary and in determining the nature, amount, duration and manner of payment of alimony, the court shall consider all relevant factors, including:
(1) The relative earnings and earning capacities of the parties.
(2) The ages and the physical, mental and emotional conditions of the
(3) The sources of income of both parties, including, but not limited
to, medical, retirement, insurance or other benefits.
(4) The expectancies and inheritances of the parties.
(5) The duration of the marriage.
(6) The contribution by one party to the education, training or
increased earning power of the other party.
(7) The extent to which the earning power, expenses or financial
obligations of a party will be affected by reason of serving as the
custodian of a minor child.
(8) The standard of living of the parties established during the
(9) The relative education of the parties and the time necessary to
acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking
alimony to find appropriate employment.
(10) The relative assets and liabilities of the parties.
(11) The property brought to the marriage by either party.
(12) The contribution of a spouse as homemaker.
(13) The relative needs of the parties.
(14) The marital misconduct of either of the parties during the
marriage. The marital misconduct of either of the parties from the
date of final separation shall not be considered by the court in its
determinations relative to alimony except that the court shall consider
the abuse of one party by the other party. As used in this paragraph,
“abuse” shall have the meaning given to it under section 6102 (relating
(15) The Federal, State and local tax ramifications of the alimony
(16) Whether the party seeking alimony lacks sufficient property,
including, but not limited to, property distributed under Chapter 35
(relating to property rights), to provide for the party’s reasonable
(17) Whether the party seeking alimony is incapable of self-support
through appropriate employment.
(c) DURATION.– The court in ordering alimony shall determine the duration of the order, which may be for a definite or an indefinite period of time which is reasonable under the circumstances.
(d) STATEMENT OF REASONS.– In an order made under this section, the court shall set forth the reason for its denial or award of alimony and the amount thereof.
(e) MODIFICATION AND TERMINATION.– An order entered pursuant to this section is subject to further order of the court upon changed circumstances of either party of a substantial and continuing nature whereupon the order may be modified, suspended, terminated or reinstituted or a new order made. Any further order shall apply only to payments accruing subsequent to the petition for the requested relief. Remarriage of the party receiving alimony shall terminate the award of alimony.
(f) STATUS OF AGREEMENT TO PAY ALIMONY.– Whenever the court approves an agreement for the payment of alimony voluntarily entered into between the parties, the agreement shall constitute the order of the court and may be enforced as provided in section 3703 (relating to enforcement of arrearages).