Back in 2015, Matt and Amy Roloff shocked fans of Little People, Big World when they announced that the mother-of-four filed for divorce from her husband after nearly three decades of seemingly wedded bliss. (Turns out, they actually weren't all that compatible!) The two — who share four kids together, twins Jeremy and Zach, Molly, and Jacob — announced their divorce with a statement promising to remain cordial and make it work, for not only their children but also their business (a promise they've made good on, considering they still run their family's pumpkin farm together)!
"After 27 years of marriage, it is with great sadness that we have come to the difficult decision to file for divorce. We are proud of what we have accomplished together, including raising our four wonderful children, who have grouwn to become remarkable adults and building our strong and ongoing successful businesses," the statement read. "Our kids and our ever-growing family, and the love and support we have for them, will be our priority. We will continue to work together side-by-side in the daily responsibilities for our many current ventures. We would like to thank our family, friends, and all our fans for their continued support and understanding during this difficult time."
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 reality star exes 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."
Amy added, "This is hard. 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 have been 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 family. "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."
The pain was especially exacerbated by the fact that Zach and Jeremy spent the holiday with their wives' families. In the same episode, Matt explained, "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."
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A Happy Thanksgiving day to be thankful and everyday. Love gathering with these peeps immensely! Zach & Tori joined us later for dessert & Matt was w/ his girlfriends family. I hope it was a very lovely thankful day for you all as well. #mythanksgivingday #allaboutfamilyandfriends #godissogoodallthetime #thankfuldaily www.amyjroloff.com
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.
They're dating other people now.
They recently had an awkward run-in.
Their soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Isabel Rock, recently had an art show — and it may have been the first time the former couple were in the same room with each other and their significant others. Based on the photos from the event, which took place at the Abbey Creek Vineyard & Winery in Oregon, Amy and Matt kept their distance. Awk!
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