This Is How Many Of The Duggar Kids Are Actually Married

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar run a tight ship, especially when it comes to relationships. The Duggar children never "date," they "court," which Michelle Duggar describes as "dating with a purposeful mind set, [which is] really such a contrast from what we are used to seeing in our world." Courting, for Jim Bob, also means "getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry. With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship" (via People). 

Because of these beliefs, you can imagine that there are a whole lot of things a Duggar can't do before their wedding day.

The Duggar rules of courting and marriage

Strict rules mean that a Duggar who is courting (or is being courted) is hardly ever alone. People says chaperones are required, and only side hugs are allowed; but after the engagement, hand holding is allowed. The Duggars are allowed to kiss for the first time on their wedding day, and are free to let go and enjoy physical intimacy on their wedding night and after that. 

In fact, Jill Duggar Dillard has been surprisingly outspoken on intimacy after the wedding and beyond. In a June 2019 blog post, she encouraged married couples to "have sex often," recommending "3-4 times a week" as a starting point, and says, "Be open with your spouse about your desires and change things up to keep it exciting!" 

Because of all these rules that apply before marriage, it's not too surprising that the Duggar kids tend to tie the knot on the younger side. But how many have actually walked down the aisle?

Here are all the Duggar kids who have tied the knot

Since there are so many of them, you'll be forgiven for forgetting how many Duggars there are (19!), and how many of those 19 kids have gotten hitched. Cheat Sheet reports that there are eight married Duggar kids. Oldest son Josh Duggar and Anna Keller were the first to tie the knot in September 2008, and their marriage trouble played out while TLC's 19 Kids and Counting was still on air (the show was cancelled after the scandal). The couple are still together though, and have been busy over the last 11 years, with five kids and one on the way any day now. 

Since Josh and Anna's nuptials, seven more Duggars have walked down the aisle.

John David may officially be second born (or third born, he's a twin to the unmarried Jana), but he is the most recent Duggar to tie the knot. He married Abbie Burnett in November 2018 and the couple are expecting their first child (a girl) in January 2020.

When was the last time we heard from Jill and Derick Dillard? The couple, who married in June 2014 and have two sons together, starred in the spin-off show Counting On. However, Jill and Derick were forced to leave the show after Derick made transphobic remarks and major backlash ensued.

More Duggar marriages

Jessa and Ben Seewald met at church, and while Jessa was drawn to Ben, Cheat Sheet reports that she was afraid he wouldn't feel the same way because she is two-and-a-half years older than him. That obviously wasn't a problem for Seewald, because the two have been married since November 2014, with have two boys and one girl.

Ben Seewald is catalyst for one more Duggar marriage: He introduced sister-in-law Jinger Duggar to former soccer star Jeremy Vuolo; they tied the knot in November 2016 after just one month of courting. Because Jinger and Jeremy didn't have children until two years after their wedding, fans speculated there were either fertility problems or birth control was involved.

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson also had an incredibly short courtship. The former family friends went on a trip to New Zealand with a group, came back courting, and 41 days after that, they tied the knot in June 2018.

Joy-Anna Duggar may (currently) be the youngest married Duggar, but it was at her wedding that her brother Joseph asked Kendra Caldwell to marry him. A sweet moment or did he steal Joy-Anna's thunder? You be the judge. Joseph and Kendra married in September 2017.

Lastly, there's Joy-Anna, who married Austin Forsyth in May 2017 and got pregnant on her honeymoon. Their son was born in February 2018.

With 11 more Duggar kids to go, it may not be long before another wedding takes place.