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Alimony is a post-divorce remedy that consists of a monthly payment from one spouse to the other that begins upon the entry of a divorce decree. If alimony is being paid pursuant to a provision in the parties’ property settlement agreement that is thereafter incorporated but not merged with the divorce decree divorcing the parties, the alimony payments may only be modified pursuant to the terms of the written agreement. In many instances, alimony provisions contained in a property settlement agreement are not modifiable, as the agreement will state. However, when alimony is ordered by a court, the alimony order is subject to modification and termination upon a showing of a substantial and continuing change in circumstances pursuant to the Pennsylvania Divorce Code (23 Pa.C.S. Section 3701(e)).

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