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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Spouse and Rail Worker Have Been Separated for 20 Years

(Posted July 11,2014)

Question 1154: My husband and I have been separated for about 20 years but neither ever filed for divorce. Am I still able to collect Railroad Retirement benefits? I am 61 and he is 63.

Answer: You are still married and so you are eligible for a Spouse Annuity.

If your husband is retired and had at least 30 years of rail service, you are eligible now.

Otherwise, you will be eligible when you are 62.


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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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