Duggar News: Josh Duggar’s Wife, Anna, Reportedly Considers Divorce a ‘Last Resort’ Option
The Duggar family has been in the news plenty lately. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar’s oldest son, Josh Duggar, was arrested in spring 2021 on two counts of child pornography. Not long after, TLC announced that they would cancel Counting On as a result of Josh’s charges.
Throughout the unfolding events, Josh’s wife, Anna Duggar, has remained silent. But one source close to the family says Anna is doing her best to avoid a divorce.
Josh and Anna Duggar have had their share of marriage problems but have worked through them
When Josh and Anna began courting, the two took their relationship more slowly than most of the other Duggar kids have. Josh and Anna met back in 2006, but Anna wanted to court for two years before getting married; she reportedly wanted to be at least 20 years old when she walked down the aisle.
Josh and Anna wed in 2008, and they didn’t want long to have kids. Between 2008 and 2015, the couple welcomed four children. But in 2015, Anna was shocked when news broke that Josh had previously admitted to sexually abusing young girls when he was a teenager — most of whom were his own sisters. Shortly after, Josh’s Ashley Madison accounts were leaked (a website where married people can find affairs).
Despite that hardships, Anna and Josh worked through the issues by attending therapy. Anna chose not to divorce her husband, and she’s had two more kids since the scandal, with another on the way.
A source close to the Duggar family says Anna Duggar sees divorce as a ‘last resort’
Anna and Josh have made it through some hard times in their marriage, but the recent charges might go beyond hardship — depending on whether they’re true. In April 2021, Josh was arrested on two counts of child pornography. Duggar has been accused of possessing and receiving images of children who were under 12. Duggar’s trial has been set for Nov. 30 (it was originally set for July 6 but was rescheduled). If he’s convicted, he could face up to 40 years in prison and up to a $500,000 fine.
Now, the question remains: What will Anna do if Josh is convicted? The Duggars don’t believe in divorce, which explains why Anna took Josh back when the various bad news broke in 2015. Still, child pornography is a different situation. But according to a source close to the family, Anna isn’t looking for a divorce.
Fox News reports that a source close to the family says Anna is being “strong” and keeping close to her faith.
“Divorce is never going to be a first option [for Anna],” the source told Fox News. “It’s going to be a last, last resort.”
It is likely that Anna won’t make a decision about a divorce until it’s known whether Josh is found guilty. A guilty verdict could affect Josh’s ability to see his kids, though nothing is known right now. Anna is currently pregnant with the couple’s seventh child and is due in the fall.