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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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