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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Remarriage of Widow

(Posted August 31, 2009)

Question 723: My late husband worked for the railroad for 38 years. He died at 59. I have my paperwork ready to receive my Railroad Retirement Widow's Annuity when I am 60. What happens if I ever remarry?

Answer: If you remarry before you are 60, you will not be entitled to a widow's annuity from Railroad Retirement. If your subsequent marriage ends, you then might be entitled under Railroad Retirement.

If you remarry after 60, you will lose your Tier 2 benefit; your
Tier 1 benefits will then be converted to a remarried widow's annuity.


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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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