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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

When Benefits to Former Spouse Begin

(Posted September 21, 2003)

Question 309: My former husband will retire in February 2004. I'm entitled to a monthly share of his Tier 2 under the terms of our divorce. I have not remarried. Do I have to be of retirement age to receive it?

Answer: No. You can start to receive it as soon as his Railroad Retirement begins. You need to contact the local Railroad Retirement Board District Office in December to start any paperwork required.

You must be 62 and unmarried in order to receive a divorced spouse benefit from Railroad Retirement. That's seperate from your share of his Tier 2 benefit.


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