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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for a Divorced Spouse

(Posted July 14, 2012)

Question 886: I recently heard that I might be entitled to some of my former husband's retirement. We have been divorced for 12 years and we were married for 23. I still work and so does he. He is planning on retiring next year but I will need to work for another 6 years. Is there any retirement benefit that I might be eligible for? Neither of us has remarried.

Answer: Because you were married for more than 10 years, you could be entitled to a Divorced Spouse Benefit at 62.

The benefit would be reduced by your own Social Security Benefit, and would be subject to work deductions until you reach your full retirement age.


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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