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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Divorced Husband

(Posted November 30, 2003)

Question 341: My ex-wife works for the railroad. She had 19 years of service when we divorced after 20 years of marriage. Will I receive any benefits from Railroad Retirement? If so, at what age am I elgible?

Answer: Like divorced wives of rail workers, there are benefits for divorced husbands, too. Payments can begin as early as 62 on an age-reduced basis. But they are somewhat limited because there is a full reduction for any Social Security benefits that you would be entitled to (as with benefits for divorced wives).


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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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