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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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.


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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