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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits For a New Wife or Husband

(Posted December 2, 2002)

Question 202: I'm getting remarried soon after 8 years of divorce. I have 30 years of rail service. When should I notify the Railroad Retirement office? What documents and papers do I need to give to them?

Answer: Congratulations!

Because you didn't tell me your age or your future spouse's age, I'm assuming that you're both over 60. There's a one year marriage requirement before your new spouse can receive Spouse benefits under Railroad Retirement. And you will need to submit his or her birth certificate and your marriage certificate when your spouse files for benefits. He or she can file as early as the 9-month anniversary of your wedding.

Important notice:

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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