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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Spouse Annuity For New Spouse Does Not Affect Rail Worker's Annuity

(Posted May 18, 2014)

Question 1131: I am currently living with a vested (13 years) rail worker who is receiving disability annuities from the RRB. We would like to get married. Would that affect his annuity payments? I heard that his payments would go down by half...? Is this correct, or did I hear wrong?

Answer: Your eligibility for a Spouse Annuity after marriage will not affect the rail worker's Disability Annuity.


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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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