Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act Of 1981 (Enacted August 13, 1981) provides that
claimants who were entitled to spouse’s benefits for August 1981 have a grace period
of two years from the date of enactment or the child’s attainment of age 18 whichever
occurs first, before benefits will terminate. Benefits may continue beyond the grace
period if at expiration, the spouse has a disabled minor child in his or her care.
(For a child age 18 or over, childhood disability benefits still apply.)