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Follow-up to Q&A 1194
(Posted October 22, 2014)
Question 1198: This is a follow-up to Q&A 1194. If the railroad worker's ex-wife were older than the railroad worker, and the railroad worker elects to continue working until he is 70, does that mean the ex-wife can't collect his or her portion of the Tier II until the railroad worker retires?
Answer: In order for the former spouse to receive his or her share of the rail worker's Tier 2, the worker has to be awarded a Railroad Retirement Annuity. But the law allows the former spouse to collect a Divorced Spouse Annuity at 62 even if the rail worker hasn't retired.
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