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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Divorced Spouse Can Receive Benefits

(Posted August 15, 2010)

Question 765: Can a divorced spouse collect benefits from Railroad Retirement?

Answer: If you were married to the rail worker for at least 10 years are are not current married, you will be eligible at 62. Your benefit would be limited to a Tier 1 level benefit, however. Also, it would be reduced for any Social Security benefit you are entitled to.


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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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