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Surviving Spouse Was Married to Rail Worker Less Than 10 Years But Later Remarried
(Posted May 5, 2012)
Question 873: I was married to a railroad employee for 8-1/2 years when he passed away. He had worked for the railroad for 20 years. I later remarried, at age 40. The marriage ended in a divorce 15 years later. Can I receive Railroad Retirement benefits when I reach retirement age?
Answer: From the information you have presented, it does not appear you can receive benefits from Railroad Retirement. You would have had to be married to the rail worker for at least 10 years.
You might be eligible for a similar benefit from Social Security on account of your second marriage, though. The amount of that benefit would be reduced by the amount of the Social Security benefit you've earned through your own employment.
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