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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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