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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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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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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