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More Information For Divorced Spouses
(Posted February 22, 2003)
Question 217: I'm 61 and unmarried. I divorced a rail worker after 28 years of marriage. I already receive a portion of his Tier 2 under the terms of our property settlement. Will I be eligible for Tier 1 when I retire next year at 62? How will this benefit affect my Social Security?
Answer: You will eligible for Railroad Retirement at 62 because you were married for more than 10 years and you are not currently married. (See Q&A 216 of this column for more information.)
But this benefit will be reduced by the amount of your Social Security benefits. So you will not receive the full amount, and you may not receive anything if your Social Security benefits are greater.
You should contact the Railroad Retirement Board at least 3 months before the month you are 62 for further information and assistance in filing a claim.
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