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Divorced Wife's Benefits
(Posted August 13, 2004)
Question 503: I was married for 17 years while my husband worked for the railroad. We divorced in 1982. I have not remarried but he remarried a year ago. He just turned 62 and retired on August 11. I am now 60. Am I entitled to draw part of his pension? If so, can I begin drawing it now or do I have to wait until I'm 62?
Answer: You will be eligible for a divorced wife's benefit from Railroad Retirement when you are 62 if you have not remarried.
If you also are eligible for your own Social Security benefit, those benefits will be subtracted from your Railroad Retirement benefit.
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