Q. Recently I had my Social Security disability hearing with the ALJ. When I filed my claim back in 2007, the Social Security Administration gave me an estimate of the amount that would be paid to my dependent children.  At the time I originally filed all were under 18 and in school. The last one graduated this past June.

A The fact that your children are no longer under 18 does not cancel their right to dependent benefits for any months they were eligible. If your Disability Insurance claim is approved, you and your children will be entitled to monthly benefits beginning with your sixth full month of disability.

Because your children are now over 18, individual retroactive benefits will be paid directly to each.