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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.
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