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When A Widow Remarries
(Posted December 10, 2002)
Question 203: My mother, who is over 70, has received a widow's benefit from Railroad Retirement since my father died three years ago. What happens to her widow's benefit if she marries again?
Answer: Because she is past age 60, her widow's benefit would be reduced to approximently her Tier 1 benefit amount. Her Tier 2 benefit no longer would be paid.
The amount of her benefit would depend upon whether or not she is getting Social Security benefits based on her own earnings. And, in the future, it would be affected by her wife's benefit based on her new husband's earnings.
She can ask the local Railroad Retirement Board office for the amount of her widow's benefit if she remarries.
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