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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Divorced Spouse Married Less Than 10 Years to Rail Worker

(Posted October 20, 2014)

Question 1196: If my ex-husband just retired in 2014 with over 30 years of service, and I was married to him for 7 years, am I entitled to any benefits?

Answer: A Divorced Spouse Annuity requires a minimum of 10 years of marriage. Unless your final divorce decree partitions your former husband's Tier 2, you are not entitled to any benefits from Railroad Retirement.


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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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