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Surviving Divorced Spouse Can Receive Railroad Retirement Benefit
(Posted May 1, 2012)
Question 872: My ex-husband worked for the railroad and starting receiving retirement in 2011. We were married for 24 years. He is not expected to live much longer. I receive Social Security Disability Benefit and I am 63 years old. Am I entitled to any of his pension?
Answer: A Surviving Divorced Spouse Benefit begins as early as 62 on a reduced basis. It also would be reduced by the amount of your Social Security benefit. If your Social Security benefit is higher than the amount your Divorced Spouse benefit would be, you will not receive anything from Railroad Retirement.
You should call the Railroad Retirement Board and ask for an estimate. Their toll-free number is (877) 772-5772.
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