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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Divorced Spouse Remarries But Is Still Entitled to Share of Tier 2 Award by Divorce Decree

(Posted August 11, 2014)

Question 1167: My ex-husband worked for the railroad for 38 years and retired last year. We were married for 18 years and then divorced. I was awarded 25% of his pension as part of the property settlement in 2005. I have since remarried. Am I eligible to receive 25% of his Tier 2 and supplemental annuity benefit? I've been told I will receive none of his Tier 1 benefit because I remarried. Is this true?

Answer: You are entitled to the share of Tier 2 and the Supplemental Annuity awarded in the divorce decree. But your remarriage disqualifies you to receive a Divorced Spouse Annuity (approximately the amount of Tier 1 of a regular Spouse Annuity).


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