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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Disabled Worker Has Minor Children

(Posted March 29,2013)

Question 994: My ex-husband receives disability benefits through the RRB. We have two minor children. We were married for nearly 13 years before we divorced. My question to you is, am I eligible to receive "child support" or something similar to that from my ex-husband's disability payments? We have shared custody of the
children.

Answer: As a Divorced Spouse, you are not entitled to benefits for your children. But your former husband could get an increase in his annuity if he has been granted a "Period of Disability" and the children are included in the family group.

If you are not married, you could qualify for a Divorced Spouse Annuity at 62.


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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