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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

When Widow Remarries After 60

(Posted December 23, 2003)

Question 348: I am a 69-year-old widow of a railroad employee. I have received widow's benefits for several years since his death. If I remarry, will I lose my Railroad Retirement benefit?

Answer: You will not lose your entire benefit. Your Tier 2 will stop and your Tier 1 will be replaced by a remarried widow's benefit, which may be a little less than your current Tier 1.

A remarried widow's benefit is equal to what Social Security would pay a remarried widow based on your late husband's railroad earnings. If you receive your own Social Security benefit, it will be subtracted from your Railroad Retirement.

When you remarry, you should immediately notify the Railroad Retirement Board so they can adjust your benefits timely, which will prevent the hardship of having your benefits interrupted in the future due to an overpayment.

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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