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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Spouse Benefits Are Federal Matter

(Posted February 22, 2009)

Question 685: My husband is on disability with Railroad Retirement. He told me I have no claims for any money from him even though we've been married 36-1/2 years and I raised our children. That does not seem fair.

Answer: What your husband told you is not correct. You will be entitled to a spouse benefit from Railroad Retirement when you meet the age requirement. This benefit is provided by Federal law; your husband has no control over your receipt of benefits.

I suggest that you contact the District Office of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) that serves your area and find out when you will be entitled to benefits.

You can find the location and phone number by going to the RRB web site at http://www.rrb.gov

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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