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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits For A Remarried Divorced Spouse

(Posted June 17, 2004)

Question 465: I divorced a railroad employee after being married for 10 years. I remarried but my second husband passed away. Am I eligible for a portion of my first husband's retirement?

Answer: Yes. Because you now are unmarried, you are eligible for a divorced spouse benefit based on your first husband's record. If you are age 62, you should contact the nearest office of the Railroad Retirement Board and file an application.


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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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