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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Divorced Rail Worker Dies Before Retirement; What Happens to Tier 2 Contributions?

(Posted April 4, 2014)

Question 1120: My father (a vested railroad employee) unfortunately passed away before retiring. He and my mother had divorced. My father had not remarried. My mother only qualifies for a Tier 1 benefit. What happens to his Tier 2 benefits? Do his adult children have any claim?

Answer: They are kept in the Railroad Retirement Trust Fund and used to pay Tier 2 benefits to other retired rail workers.


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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