What Do The Duggars Really Think About Divorce?
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By JOEY KEOGH
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The Duggar family practices a strict form of conservative Christianity that forbids divorce and demands that wives submit fully to their husbands and yield to them in all decisions. Even with Josh Duggar's sex abuse scandal, his wife Anna Duggar will stand by his side. Is divorce really never an option for the "Counting On" stars?
The Duggar family believes that a marriage is a lifetime commitment, regardless of infidelity or other issues, and that any problems should be resolved as quickly as possible. When Josh Duggar’s sexual abuse issues first became known, his father enrolled him in a Christian counselling program, and later Josh and Anna Duggar pursued marriage counselling.
Many of Anna's relatives urged her to leave Josh after he received a more than 12-year prison sentence for possessing child pornography. Amy Duggar, Anna's cousin, pushed her to understand that "There could be a whole other life for her that she could have if she could see how dark and evil Josh truly is," but Anna simply doesn't consider divorce an option.