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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Widow Remarries Before 60

(Posted May 22, 2005 (revised May 24, 2005))

Question 547: My fiance was married to her now-deceased husband for 12 years. He has been deceased for three years. She and their two children receive benefits until the youngest turns 18. If my fiance and I marry, will she stop receiving benefits due to her remarriage?

Answer: I'm assuming that your fiance is under age 60. Generally, remarriage before 60 ends a widow's entitlement to benefits. The children's benefits will continue until they reach 18 if they are not adopted. If you are receiving either Social Security or Railroad Retirement, your fiance's widow's benefit would continue at a reduced rate.

Your fiance should report her remarriage to the Railroad Retirement Board so her benefits can be terminated timely & the name on her children's payments changed to relect her marriage.

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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