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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Both Former Wife and Current Wife Eligible for Annuities

(Posted October 9, 2013)

Question 1063: Do my divorced wife and my current wife get the same percentage of my Railroad Retirement, or do they share the amount?

Answer: You current wife will receive an amount equal to 50% of your Tier 1 and 45% of your Tier 2 before any reduction for Social Security or for age.

Your former wife will receive approximately 50% of your Tier 1 but no Tier 2.

Each will receive their own benefits.


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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