Moving forward. Matt and Amy Roloff shocked Little People, Big World fans when they announced their decision to divorce after nearly three decades of seemingly wedded bliss in 2015. (Turns out, they actually weren’t all that compatible!)
The exes — who share four kids, twins Jeremy and Zach, Molly, and Jacob — revealed their decision to legally split with a statement promising to remain cordial, not only for their children but also their business. And it’s a promise they’ve made good on, considering they still run their family’s pumpkin farm together.
So what else do we know about the Roloffs’ divorce? Keep reading to learn all about it!
They finalized their divorce in May 2016.
More than a year after Amy initially filed for divorce, the former flames finalized the arrangement in May 2016.
They split their shared possessions.
Even though they were long separated, dividing up their memories and belongings was still difficult for the former husband and wife. “We’ve worked out a ‘your stuff’s yours and my stuff’s mine.’ I don’t think we have nay conflict there,” Matt admitted on their reality show. “It’s a little hard to divide up 28 years of belongings. It’s not a fun process.”
“This is hard,” Amy added. “Life happens sometimes and we don’t plan for that to happen to us. It’s just what is happening to us right now.”
Holidays were especially hard.
Neither Matt nor Amy were prepared for how difficult their first holiday as exes would be, especially since it meant their four children had to divide their time between the parents — meaning one of them could end up alone on what should be an occasion spent with loved ones. “Going through a divorce, this is really going to be my first Thanksgiving without anybody here, like no family,” Amy lamented on one episode of LPBW. “I’m torn as to what to do because I have never had to deal with this. It is a tough life moment for me right now.”
In the same episode, Matt added, “We knew [divorce] was going to be hard, but what we didn’t realize is that you have to share your kids with the in-laws.”
They had very different views on commitment.
In his book, Against Tall Odds, Matt detailed how he and his ex-wife had very different definitions of the word “commitment” — though they never actually cited it as playing a role in their split. “While Amy puts commitment at or near the top of her list, I would put it further down,” he wrote. “Amy tends to be more of a committed-to-a-fault kind of person, while I see most commitments — with some very notable exceptions — as flexible and negotiable.”
Of course, this statement caused uproar among fans and had many wondering if cheating was involved in the split. In May 2020, she talked about how Matt seemingly got involved with his girlfriend, Caryn Chandler, while they were still married and told fans about her suspicions in a resurfaced Facebook Live video.
Even though they had their issues over the years, Amy and Matt have worked hard to get along for the sake of their brood. He even addressed the importance of “family unity” in the caption of a photo in November.
They’re with other people now.
“I never in a million years thought I’d be getting married again, but I also hoped for it! Now that it’s happening, I couldn’t be happier or more excited,” the bride-to-be told People about her engagement in September 2019.
Are wedding bells ringing for Matt and Caryn, too? He hinted at the possibility in April when one fan told him to “marry” her because “she’s a gem.”
“Yes she is!! #andmaybeiwill :)),” he replied.
Sparks are flying for both Roloff exes!