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Benefits for Children and Spouse Following Divorce
(Posted March 30, 2010)
Question 745: My husband is retired from the railroad. We have been married for 19 years and have an 11-year-old grandchild whom we have been raising and now have adopted. In case of a divorce, will I and our grandchild be entitled to a spouse and child railroad monthly benefit?
Answer: You would be eligible for a Divorced Spouse Benefit at 62.
Your grandchild who has now been adopted as your child would receive a child's annuity until 18 following your husband's death.
The Railroad Retirement program does not pay direct benefits to minor children of disabled or retired workers. But children can help increase the worker's benefit under the Special Guaranty Provision of the Railroad Retirement Act.
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