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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Definition of "Survivor"

(Posted March 3, 2002)

Question 164: In Q&A 163, the term "survivor" is used. I thought that upon the death of a rail worker, only a spouse or a dependent child could receive monthly benefits. Who qualifies as a survivor?

Answer: The term "survivor" includes the surviving spouse and dependent minor children (under 18). But it also can include a divorced spouse, a disabled spouse 50 or older, a disabled adult child, a full-time student-child who at age 18 is still working to complete high school, and a dependent parent 60 or older. All of these individuals could receive monthly survivor benefits if they meet the eligibility requirement for specific benefits provided by the Railroad Retirement program.

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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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