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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Notifying RRB After a Divorce

(Posted June 25, 2006)

Question 583: I was divorced over 10 years ago (I have 34 years of railroad service and I am 53 years old). I do not remember notifying RRB of my divorce. I think I called and asked, and was told to update them upon my retirement in about 6 years. What should I do, to make sure I have done all I was supposed to do, as to notifying RRB of divorce. My ex-wife has since remarried.

Answer: You only have to notify the Railroad Retirement Board of your divorce if your final divorce decree provides for paying your former wife a portion of your Tier 2 benefit when you retire. If it does, you should send a copy of the final decree to the Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago IL 60611. Otherwise you do not have to do anything.


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