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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Adding Divorced Spouse Annuity

(Posted March 11, 2014)

Question 1110: After reading your answer to "divorced spouse can wait to take RR annuity" (March 8, 2014), I have a question: Is it a smooth transition to move from one's own Social Security to beginning a Railroad Retirement Annuity?

Answer: The Divorced Spouse doesn't move from Social Security to Railroad Retirement. He or she would add the Railroad Retirement Annuity, the amount of which is reduced by the amount of his or her Social Security benefit.

Two other thing happen. The divorced spouse's Social Security benefit becomes paid by the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) as a single combined monthly payment. And he or she is issued a new Medicare card by the RRB under his or her Spouse Annuity claim number.

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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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