Looks like another Duggar may soon be off the market! According to a new report, another Duggar relationship is going to be revealed on the upcoming season of Counting On — watch the video to find out who!
In the Duggar household, “courting” is defined as dating with the intention of marrying, and it occurs once a relationship turns serious — but before the man is ready to get down on one knee and pop the question. Like a marriage proposal, the men must ask the girl’s father for permission before entering a courtship — and even when a couple is courting, they must follow strict guidelines that fall in line with the Duggars’ conservative Christian values.
Some of the rules for courting couples include no physical contact besides side hugs — even hand-holding is forbidden and no unsupervised dates or text messages; chaperones must be present on all dates and parents must be included on all text messages between two people who are courting.
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As Duggar family patriarch Jim Bob has explained, courting is different from dating because it gives the young couples a chance to figure out if they are compatible for marriage. He said, “Courtship is really waiting for the one God has for you and praying through the whole process.” His wife, Michelle, added, It’s really examining the person and considering, ‘Would this be the guy I want to be the father of my kids?”
Of the Duggars’ 19 children, five of them — Josh, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy — are married and one, 22-year-old son Joseph Duggar, is currently engaged to be married. Josiah Duggar was previously in a courtship with Marjorie Jackson, but later called it off — which is widely considered taboo in the Duggars’ culture.
Scroll through the gallery to see all the Duggars — then vs. now!
The oldest Duggar got into hot water back in 2015 when it was revealed that he allegedly molested four of his sisters. The Duggar family released a statement about the incident and Josh has kept a low profile ever since. He's currently 29 and has four kids with his wife, Anna — and a fifth on the way.