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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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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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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