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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

If a Rail Worker and His or Her Spouse Are Separated, Is the Spouse Entitled to a Spouse Annuity?

(Posted January 26, 2013)

Question 949: Is a separated spouse entitled to a Spouse Annuity from Railroad Retirement?

Answer: The rail worker and spouse are not required to live together. As long as the marriage continues, the Spouse can receive his or her full Spouse Annuity.


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