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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Starting Tier 2 Payments To Divorced Spouse

(Posted February 7, 2004)

Question 375: My ex-husband is retiring at the end of this month. I was awarded half of his Tier 2 benefit under the terms of our the divorce. I have been keeping the RRB up-to-date with my address. What other steps should I take to ensure that my payments are started when his annuity begins?

Answer: I assume that a copy of the final divorce decree was filed with the RRB in Chicago after your divorce. You seem to have done everthing you should do; your payments should start as soon as the RRB processes his retirement application.

If you don't hear from the RRB in about 30 days, you should contact them and ask exactly when you will begin receiving payments.

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