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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Remarried Widow's Benefits

(Posted March 24, 2003)

Question 228: My late husband worked for a railroad for more than 20 years. We were married for more than 20 years, too. I have remarried. Am I eligible for any Railroad Retirement benefits?

Answer: If you remarried before age 60, you would not qualify for a remarried widow's benefit under either Railroad Retirement or Social Security unless you are disabled. If you are disabled, your remarriage must have occurred after 50 in order for you to be eligible.

The amount of benefits under Railroad Retirement would be limited to what Social Security would pay if your first husband's railroad work had been under Social Security. And it would be reduced for other Social Security benefits you qualify for.


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