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When a Rail Worker and Spouse Divorce
(Posted January 2, 2013)
Question 942: With Tier 1 and divorce, does the 'amount' for the spouse stop on the date the divorce petition is filed? Or does it stop on the date the decree is filed? Also, when does the Tier 1 benefit stop accumulating?
Answer: If you divorce the rail worker, your full Spouse Annuity will end the month before your final decree is issued.
If you are at least 62 and have been married for 10 years or longer, you can immediately qualify for a Divorced Spouse Annuity. In effect, you will continue receiving Tier 1 but Tier 2 will no longer be payable.
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