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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

If a Widow Remarries, Can She Still Draw Railroad Retirement?

(Posted December 4, 2007)

Question 645: I'm a widow of a rail worker. If I remarry, will I continue to receive Railroad Retirement benefits?

Answer: Your regular widow's annuity would end upon your remarriage.

You would be entitled to a Remarried Widow's Annuity, however. Such an annuity would pay less than you are receiving now, though, and would be reduced by the amount of any Social Security benefits you receive.

Note To Readers Of This Column:

This question marks the 10th Anniversary of this column. Thanks to my loyal readers who continue to submit meaningful questions. I hope that my answers have been helpful in increasing the understanding of the Railroad Retirement System.

Robert S. Kaufman


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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