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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits After Divorced Worker Dies

(Posted January 11, 2004)

Question 360: Is there an increase in Railroad Retirement benefits to a former wife after the divorced worker dies?

Answer: Most likely there would be an increase in the surviving divorced spouse's benefit after the rail worker's death. Under the Social Security program, a spouse receives about 50% of the worker's rate and a widow gets an amount equal to the worker's benefit.

Remember, in payments to divorced spouses, the RRB uses the Social Security formula to determine the amount payable.


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