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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Adult Disabled Child Plans to Marry

(Posted August 28, 2012)

Question 901: My husband worked for the railroad 10 years. When he died, his daughter was 18 and disabled. She qualified for an annuity as an adult disabled child. She is now 43 and planning to get married to a young man who is also disabled and receives SSI. Can she marry this young man without loosing her Railroad Retirement benefits?

Answer: Normally, an adult disabled child will lose her annuity if she marries.

I suggest that you contact the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) to see if there is an exception if the disabled child marries another disabled child who receives SSI benefits.

The RRB toll-free number is: (877) 772-5772.

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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