It depends on what your contract states. You may have signed the contract on December 14, 2012, but it depends what the term of the lease is, i.e., there should be a start and end date. If indeed the lease was for 12 months and the term of the lease started on December 14, 2011, then you would not owe a payment for December. However, without reviewing the contract I cannot tell you for certain.
If DSS has your grandchildren then they are in DSS custody. You can request that your grandchild be placed in your custody instead of DSS. Usually, DSS will place children with relatives in this type of situation. But you need to hire a lawyer to help you with this process.
If the parents agree to terminate their parental rights, you would have to file a petition to terminate their parental rights as well as a petition for adoption. A Guardian Ad Litem would have to be appointed by the Court for your grandchild. You will need to hire a lawyer to help you with this process.
Under the South Carolina Juvenile Justice Code, a “child” means a person less than seventeen years of age. S.C. Code 63-19-20(1). The Juvenile Justice Code defines a “status offense” as an offense that would not be a misdemeanor or felony if committed by an adult. S.C. Code 63-19-20(9). Running away is a “status offense”. S.C. Code 63-19-20(9).
If the mother gave the child to the father, the father is now the custodial parent unless they had a previous child custody agreement in which the mother was named as the custodial parent by the court. If you have not already filed for child custody you should do so immediately. From your post it seems as if you have. You must allow the mother reasonable visitation. However, if you are concerned about the health and welfare of your child, you may file for an emergency hearing. If you do...
In South Carolina, children born during a marriage are presumed to be the children of the husband and wife. If your wife does not list you as the father on your child's birth certificate or lists someone else, you may bring a paternity action to establish that you are the father. After the establishment of paternity, the courts may order a new birth certificate naming you as the father and giving your child your last name, if you request it. Also, you may file an action for child custody...
The correct mechanism to enforce the terms of a visitation order are to file a rule to show cause for contempt. A motion to compel is not the correct legal mechanism through which to enforce a visitation order. You may file the rule to show cause in the county where your child custody order was issued as family courts are courts of "continuing jurisdiction".
If your parental rights were terminated then you cannot get them back. If you still have parental rights, you can petition the court for change in custody/visitation. I really depends on what you signed. You need to contact a family law attorney.
If the father is on the birth certificate he is legally your child's father. If not, he has no rights to your child unless he goes to court to establish his paternity. If he is on the birth certificate but you have physical custody of the child, you will most probably be considered the primary caregiver by the courts if visitation/custody becomes an issue.