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Benefits for Surviving Divorced Widow
(Posted April 15, 2003)
Question 246: My husband and I divorced after more than 20 years of marriage. He had more than 20 years of rail work. He is now deceased. I have not remarried. What Railroad Retirement benefits will I be eligible for?
Answer: If you husband died insured for survivor benefits under Railroad Retirement, you will be eligible for a Surviving Divorced Widow's benefit at 60.
The amount is equal to what Social Security would pay if your former husband's rail work would have been covered by Social Security. If you are eligible for your own Social Security at 62, that amount will be subtracted from your Railroad Retirement benefit.
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