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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Children of Rail Workers

(Posted May 12, 2003)

Question 254: My former husband is now in prison. He worked for the railroad for 13 years when we were married. We have 3 teenage children. Can the children receive anything from Railroad Retirement now?

Answer: Unforturnately, Rialroad Retirement does not provide direct benefits to minor children of rail workers. This is one of the few areas in which Railroad Retirement does not provide benefits that are at least equal to those provided under the Social Security system. Railroad Retirement does, however, provide benefits for minor and disabled children of workers who are deceased.

You should contact the local agency in your state which administers programs for eligible children that might provide cash assistance, food stamps and medical care.


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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