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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Is Early Payout of Divorced Spouse's Tier 2 Benefit Possible?

(Posted April 30, 2004)

Question 441: Since you say the Tier 2 benefit can be divided, is there any way a divorced spouse can access the Tier 2 benefit before her retirement age?

Answer: No. Unlike many private pensions, Railroad Retirement does not have a "lump-sum" payment option. A divorced spouse must wait for her former spouse to retire under Railroad Retirement before his or her share of the Tier 2 is paid in monthly installments.


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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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