In Touch has obtained court papers filed in November revealing a judge granted Jim Bob Duggar and wife Michelle permanent guardianship of their eight-year-old great-nephew.

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As In Touch reported back in September, Jim Bob and Michelle were granted temporary guardianship of the eight-year-old (In Touch has chosen to withhold the boy’s name) after his mother, Michelle’s niece Rachel Hutchins, suffered a number of financial setbacks and had problems with the law.

“Jim Bob and Michelle couldn’t be happier right now,” a source says about the couple.


While the papers state that Rachel is incapable of caring for her son, she is allowed to have supervised visits with him.

“Jim Bob and Michelle have made the child feel right at home. They treat him like their own and he looks up to them as parents,” says the source, adding that the other Duggar kids have made him feel very welcome as well.

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