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Former Wife Of Injured Rail Worker
(Posted November 4, 2004)
Question 526: I was married 12 years and had 2 children by my ex-husband. I was told I would get benefits at retirement age because we were married at least 10 years. Two years ago, he was injured while working for the railroad. He is on disability now, after winning a settlement. How will this affect me?
Answer: Your former husband's disability and settlement will not affect your eligibility for a divorced spouse benefit when you reach 62. You do have to be unmarried at that time. Of course, your benefit will be reduced by any Social Security benefits you receive.
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