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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Divorced Spouse Annuity Payable Before Rail Worker Retires

(Posted June 8. 2013)

Question 1013: Does a Divorced Spouse have to wait until the rail worker retires before starting to receive a benefit?

Answer: The law was changed a few years ago to permit a Divorced Spouse to start receiving an annuity before the rail worker retires. Both the rail worker and the Divorced Spouse must be at least 62, and must be divorced for at least 2 years.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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