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Benefits for Divorced Widows
(Posted July 26, 2009)
Question 712: I'm 60 and just applied for a disability benefit at Social Security. My current husband and I are in the process of divorcing. My previous husband received a Railroad Retirement disability annuity before his death. We were married for 20 years.
After my divorce, will I be entitled to a benefit from Railroad Retirement?
Answer: If you do not remarry, you could receive a "Surviving Divorced Spouse" benefit at 62. But that benefit will be reduced by any Social Security benefit to which you are entitled. It would be reduced to zero if your Social Security benefit is higher than what you would receive from Railroad Retirement.
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