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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Husband Cannot Receive Spouse Annuity Until Rail Worker Retires

(Posted September 7, 2014)

Question 1172: I have Railroad Retirement but I am not ready to retire. If my husband, who does not have Railroad Retirement, retires before me, does he get any benefits from me?

Answer: Your husband cannot receive a Spouse Annuity until you are awarded an annuity by Railroad Retirement. The only exception is for a Divorced Spouse.


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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