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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Remarrying Former Spouse

(Posted February 26, 2012)

Question 857: I will reach my full retirement age in 2 months. If I remarry my
ex-retired rail worker, how long before I can begin receiving half of his benefit? If we live apart does it affect my benefit?

Answer: Usually new spouses have to wait a year before they can receive the Spouse Benefit. The year marriage requirement is waived if the rail worker and former spouse had a child together or if the spouse previously received a Spouse Benefit.

The fact that you and the rail worker live apart will not affect your Spouse Benefit.


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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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