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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for a Newly Married Spouse

(Posted October 16, 2003)

Question 319: I am getting married in May; my husband was married before (for approximately 9 years). When would I be eliblige to collect his retirement benefits?

Answer: Providing you meet the age requirement, you would be eligible for a wife's benefit after one year of marriage.

See Q&A 299 for more information on monthly benefits for new spouses.


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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