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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Non-Vested Rail Worker Is Getting Divorced

(Posted February 2, 2013)

Question 963: I have been working for the railroad for 2-1/2 years. I am getting a divorce. We have been married 17 years. Is she entitled to any railroad retirement benefits?

Answer: You are not yet vested in Railroad Retirement. I would consult with an attorney about your future Railroad Retirement benefits assuming you will become vested, to see if your wife would be entitled to any portion of your Tier 2.


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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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