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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Disabled Former Spouse

(Posted March 12, 2010)

Question 743: I divorced my husband in 1990. I was married to him for 13 years. I am 52 years old now and disabled. Am I entitled to his benefits now?

Answer: Neither Railroad Retirement or Social Security provides benefits for disabled spouses or divorced spouses.

You won't be eligible for benefits on your former husband's account until you are 62.


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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