Question 888: I am eligible for a Divorced Spouse Annuity, I will be 62 in Nov 2012.
I called the Railroad Retirement Board for an appointment to apply. They won't give me an appointment or answer any questions, because I do not know my former husband's Social Security number.
I have tried to get it from the Social Security Administration but I was told that I have I have no access to that information.
What can I do now?
Answer: The RRB might not have given you an appointment to file an application because it is too early. Because your annuity can't start until sometime in November, you cannot file an application until 90 days before you are first eligible.
The RRB needs your former husband's Social Security Number to access the proper records including his current annuity payments & his lifetime earnings record. Your former husband would be the best source for the information. If he won't cooperate, then you consult with an attorney to find out if there are legal ways to require his former employers to disclose the information.
The RRB should be cooperative in assisting you. You should contact Ms. Martha M. Barringer Director of the Field Service at the RRB headquarters in Chicago IL (312-751-4701) to discuss your past experience with the local RRB office.