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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

How To Begin Collecting Monthly Payments Awarded In a Divorce Action

(Posted January 4, 2008)

Question 649: In my divorce settlement I was awarded railroad retirement from
my husband. At what age will I be able to collect?

I am 60. My husband retired one year ago at 63.

Answer: Following your divorce, your attorney should have sent a certified copy of the final decree to the Deputy General Counsel of the U. S. Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago IL 60611. Your payments should have started when your husband retired.

Because your husband has retired but you are not receiving monthly payments, it would appear this did not happen. You need to send a certified copy of your final divorce decree as shown above. You should do this immediately to prevent the loss of additional payments. Consider using overnight delivery.

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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