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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Younger Spouse

(Posted March 2, 2004)

Question 394: My husband and I have been married for 20 years. We were married a year after he retired. Am I able to get a Spouse Benefit at age 60 through Railroad Retirement?

Answer: If your husband has at least 30 years of rail service, you'll get a full Spouse Benefit at 60. Otherwise you'll have to wait until age 62, when you'll qualify for an age-reduced Spouse Benefit.


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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