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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Survivor Benefits for Divorced Spouse

(Posted August 2, 2004)

Question 495: I was married to my former husband for 15 years before we divorced. He is now deceased. Can I draw from his retirement even though we were divorced?

Answer: You can qualify for a Surviving Divorced Widow's benefit at
age 60 from Railroad Retirement. It is computed under a special formula. It will be reduced by any other Social Security benefit you qualify for.

You can get more information from the nearest office of the Railroad Retirement Board. To find the office serving your area, click on the RRB link at the bottom of this Q&A.


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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