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Can a Divorced Spouse Receive a Widow's Benefit at Age 60?
(Posted April 18, 2011)
Question 813: My ex-husband and I were married for 12 years before divorcing.
He remarried before his death but I never did. I'm now 60. He was vested with 30 years for Railroad Retirement. Can I receive a widow's benefit at age 60?
Answer: The earliest that you can receive a widow's benefits is age 62.
As a divorced spouse, your benefits will be restricted to what Social Security what have paid if your former husband's rail earnings were covered under that system. It also will be reduced by the amount of any Social Security benefit that you receive.
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