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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Divorced Rail Worker Married Less Than Ten Years

(Posted June 16, 2012)

Question 880: I been working for railroad for 7 years. I was married for 9 years and 7 months before I got divorced. My ex-wife signed a waiver of any rights to my retirement benefits. My question is, will she be eligible for a Divorced Spouse Benefit? Also, do I need to let the RRB know that I am divorced?

Answer: Your former wife will not be eligible for a Divorced Spouse Benefit because your marriage lasted less than 10 years.

Under these circumstances, you do not need to notify the RRB of your divorce.


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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