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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits Following Divorce

(Posted January 12, 2013)

Question 945: What kind of benefits are available after a divorce, for a former spouse who was married to the rail worker for over 10 years?

Answer: If the former spouse does not remarry, he or she can receive a Divorced Spouse Annuity at 62. It consists of only Tier 1. It is fully reduced by any Social Security benefit the former he or she receives.

At 65, he or she is entitled to Medicare as a Qualified Railroad Retirement Beneficiary.


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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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