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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Length Of Marriage Required for Benefits

(Posted May 12, 2012)

Question 876: How long do my wife and I need to be married in order for her to receive benefits?

Answer: The duration of marriage requirement is different for a spouse and a widow(er).

The spouse and the rail worker need to be married for at least one full year before spouse benefit payments can begin.

If the rail worker is deceased, the duration of marriage requirement for a widow(er)'s benefit is 9 months.


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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