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Rail Worker Has Multiple Marriages
(Posted October 26, 2014)
Question 1202: I am the 3rd wife of a Union Pacific Railroad employee, does his 1st, and 2nd wife get a retirement from tier II, when they turn 62?
The 1st wife he was married less than 2 years. His second wife married 10 years, and we will have been married 9 years next month. Seeing this track record, what if I end up not being married the longest out of the 3, will that make a difference, in the amount out of the Tier II? He is at 22 years with the railroad and can retire in 8 years at age 65.
Answer: The length of marriage does not affect the amount of Tier 2 paid to a spouse. Normally a current spouse will receive 45% of the rail worker's Tier 2. Previous spouses do not receive any of the rail worker's Tier 2 unless the Tier 2 was divided by the final divorce decree.
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