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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits Following Remarriage

(Posted March 21, 2004)

Question 416: I will soon become a second wife to a railroad employee. Will I have a retirement benefit, a death benefit, etc.? Does one have to be married a certain length of time in order to be eligible for such benefits?

Answer: After remarriage, a second spouse becomes eligible for the usual benefits provided to a spouse or a widow.

If you are not already receiving benefits as a spouse or a widow in the month before you marry, there is a waiting period before your benefits can start. For spouse benefits, it is one year after remarriage; for widow's benefits, it is 9 months.


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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