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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Bride Eligible for Spouse Annuity After Married for One Year Even Though Rail Worker Has Retired

(Posted August 6, 2012)

Question 894: My rail worker boyfriend is now retired. If we marry, would I be eligible for benefits at age 60, even though he is retired?

Answer: You will first be eligible for a Spouse Annuity after you have been married for a year. The fact that your husband-to-be is retired has no effect on your eligibility.


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