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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

When Do Former Husband's Retirement Benefits Start?

(Posted March 18, 2004)

Question 412: My ex-husband and I were divorced 10 years ago. In the divorce decree I was granted half of his vested Railroad Retirement benefits. Can you please advise as to when I can get my portion of his benefits?

Answer: If your former husband has 30 or more years of rail sevice, his benefits could begin with the month he turns 60. If he has less than 30 years, they won't begin until he's 62.

Of course, he has to decide to retire and file an application before the payments will start.


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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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