The Duggars are very strict fundamentalist Christians, and they take the sacrament of marriage very seriously. No one in the immediate Duggar family has ever gotten divorced, but it’s not just because of their values. Some of them have gone above and beyond to make it legally difficult to divorce as well!
Derick has revealed that he and Jill entered into a covenant marriage when they tied the knot. This is a different kind of marriage license only available in three states (with Arkansas being one of them) that is much harder to get out of than a regular marriage. It requires couples to do counseling prior to getting married, and to sign that they will be together forever. They also agree to stricter grounds for divorce. While a regular couple can have a “no-fault” divorce, a covenant marriage requires you to prove that your partner has been unfaithful, abusive, a felon, or a drug abuser. So despite Derick’s wild antics and offensive tweets, Jill couldn’t leave him even if she wanted to. Apparently Jessa and Ben have the same kind of marriage, but we couldn’t see them spitting anyway.
Probably the best case for divorce would be Anna and Josh Duggar. Anna stood by her husband even after learning he molested his sisters as a kid and cheated on her using the Ashley Madison site in 2015, which would be grounds for a divorce even in a covenant marriage. While it doesn’t seem like she’ll ever be willing to leave Josh, her sister actually did get a divorce from her own husband in 2015 after 10 years of marriage. She simply cited “discord” and “conflict of personalities” on her papers.
Another person who has gotten divorced is Jim Bob’s sister Deanna! She and husband Terry Jordan filed papers to split in 2015 as well. One year later there were rumors that Jim Bob and Michelle weren’t doing do well, but they blasted those reports by kissing and saying, “Don’t believe everything you read in the tabloids! Michelle and I have been married for over 32 years and are more in love than ever!” Only time will tell if we’ll ever see an actual Duggar leave their spouse, but we doubt it!
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