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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

When Can a Former Wife File for Railroad Retirement

(Posted September 28, 2007)

Question 637: Does a former wife who has never remarried need to apply for benefits before the current wife does?

Answer: You can file for a Divorced Spouse benefit at 62 regardless of what your former husband's current wife does. You should contact the nearest office of the Railroad Retiement Board three months before your 62nd birthday for assistance.

Your Railroad Retirement benefit will be based on the Social Security formula. It will be reduced by any Social Security benefit you are entitled to receive. If your own Social security benefit is higher, you might not receive any additional benefit as a divorced wife.


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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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