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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for a Divorced Spouse

(Posted June 4, 2004)

Question 263: I'm 53 and I collect both Social Security and SSI benefits. My
ex-husband has more than 33 years of rail work. We were married for 23 years. He has remarried but I haven't. What will I be entiltled to, if he retires before 62?

Answer: Because you are receiving Social Security benefits at age 53, I assume they are disability benefits. You could be eligible for a divorced spouse's benefit, but not until you are 62. You might not receive anything at that time, if your own Social Security are higher and hence completely offset any additional benefit due to your former husband's work.


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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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