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Starting Date of Tier 2 Payments to Divorced Spouse
(Posted May 26, 2010)
Question 755: Why can't I have one-half of my ex-husband's retirement benefit at age 62? This is a divorce, not a married situation. We were married for 27 years. I am 62 and unmarried. I need my half now, not at 65.
Answer: From your question, I assume that your divorce settlement provided you with half of your former husband's Tier 2 benefit beginning at age 65. If you are not satisfied with the terms of the agreement, you need to contact an attorney to see if the terms can be modified.
For your information, you can qualify for a Divorced Spouse Benefit from Railroad Retirement at 62. This is a benefit provided by Federal law, and is not related to your agreement dividing Tier 2 at 65.
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