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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Worker Must Retire Before Spouse Can Receive Benefits

(Posted April 22, 2003)

Question 249: I'm the wife of a rail worker; I receive my own disability benefits from Social Security. My husband has more than 30 years of rail work. Can I receive a spouse's benefit from Railroad Retirement at 60 even if my husband contines to work?

Answer: With one exception, a rail worker must retire and file for Railroad Retirement before a spouse can receive benefits. The one exception involves a divorced spouse benefit, which does not apply in your situation.


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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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