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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Can Disabled Spouse Receive Benefits Early?

(Posted September 30, 2011)

Question 836: My husband is on RRB disability after working 25 years. I will start receiving Social Security disability. Would I also be entitled to anything from RRB if I'm disabled? Or would I need to wait until I'm retirement age? We're both 52.

Answer: Railroad Retirement does not pay early benefits to disabled spouses.

You will be entitled to a spouse benefit when you are 62.


Important notice:

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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