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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for New Spouse Following Remarriage

(Posted September 27, 1999; revised March 9, 2000)

Question 30: I understand that a divorced spouse can receive Tier 1 benefits under certain conditions. But if a railroader remarries, what benefits are provided for his or her new spouse?

Answer: The new husband or wife can qualify for benefits normally paid under Railroad Retirement. Payments to a former spouse have no effect on benefits paid to a new spouse.

With a few exceptions, the new spouse can not qualify for benefits until (s)he & the Rail worker are married for one year.


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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