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Does Age Determine When a Former Spouse Receives a Share of Tier 2?
(Posted June 17, 2006)
Question 581: I am a divorced man with 30 years of railroad service. I plan to retire at age 60. My ex-wife is several years younger than I am. The divorce settlement provides a percentage of Tier 2 for my ex-wife.
Will I collect 100% of the Tier 2 benefit until my ex-wife reaches age 60?
Whose reponsibility is it to notify the RRB of the divorce settlement award?
Answer: Your former spouse will be entitled to the share of your Tier 2 as soon as you retire and begin to receive Railroad Retirement benefits. Age is not a factor.
Both parties are responsible for notifying the Railroad Retirement Board of the divorce settlement. You should send a copy of the final divorce decree to the Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago IL 60611. Be sure to include your Social Security number.
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