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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Wife of Disabled Worker

(Posted June 23, 2003)

Question 276: I'm 57, with more than 10 years of rail service. I'm applying for disability benefits and I am wondering whether my 51-year-old wife (whose is unemployed and is my caregiver) is eligible for any benefits.

Answer: Normally, your wife would not be eligible for a wife's benefit until she reaches 62. But if you still have a child under 18 when you reach 62, she could qualify at that point.


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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