In Pennsylvania, it may not matter what the numbers because the law is clear. If you agree to pay permanent alimony, it cannot be modified. That's right. If the court orders you to pay, it can be modified based on a change in circumstances, but if you agree on a set amount of alimony, you can't modify it. Sounds harsh right? Well maybe not. The court decides what's fair based on current circumstances, therefore the Court can change the order when your fortunes change. When you make an alimony agreement, you are gambling on future income and hoping to have certainty.
The law provides, in part, " In the absence of a specific provision to the contrary appearing in the agreement, a provision regarding the disposition of existing property rights and interests between the parties, alimony, alimony pendente lite, counsel fees or expenses shall not be subject to modification by the court."
So, before you get the divorce, get the facts. You may not have Hasselfhoff money, but I bet you want to protect your cash anyway.