Survivor annuity and second marriages


Q: If an widow is receiving survivor benefits through the Civil Service Retirement System and she remarries, do her benefits stop?

A: Yes, if she remarries before age 55. However, if that marriage ends in annulment or divorce, the survivor annuity can be reinstated.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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