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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Divorced Spouse Is 53

(Posted June 29, 2015)

Question 1235: I am 53 and was married to a CSX employee who is now retired. We were married for 16 years and have been divorced for 11 years. Am I able to apply for retirement benefits?

Answer:

If you are not married when you reach 62, you will be entitled to a Divorced Spouse Annuity.  You should contact the Railroad Retirement Board three months before your 62nd birthday to file an application.  Their toll-free number is: (877) 772-5772.


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