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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Marriage After Rail Worker Retires

(Posted November 8, 2014)

Question 1216: My husband and I have been married for three years. We were married after he retired from the railroad and began receiving his pension. Will I be eligible for a Widow's Annuity if he dies before I do?

Answer: Unlike some private pension plans, both Railroad Retirement and Social Security pay benefits to widows if they have been married for at least nine months.


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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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