They practice chaperoned courtship, in which a couple acquaints itself only in a group setting.
On May 22, 2015, TLC suspended the series when the Duggars' eldest son Josh publicly apologized for having "acted inexcusably" following reports that he molested five girls, including some of his sisters, by fondling them.
These events occurred in 20, when he was 14 to 15 years of age, and prior to the beginning of the show.
On July 16, 2015, TLC (The Learning Channel) announced that the show was officially canceled and would not resume production.
The couple met in the early 1980s when Duggar and a fellow church member were sent for a follow-up visit after Michelle experienced a religious conversion.
The Duggars were married on July 21, 1984, just after Michelle's high school graduation.
The Duggars avoid birth control saying they have decided to allow God to determine the number of children they have.
All of the children are homeschooled, and access to entertainment such as movies and television is limited.
We asked the Lord to give us a love of children the way He loves children.Josh Duggar was offered a job at the Family Research Council during his wife's pregnancy with their third child.Marcus Anthony was delivered by a midwife on June 2, 2013.Jim Bob Duggar has an older sister, Deanna, who occasionally appears on the show.Michelle Duggar (née Ruark) has six older siblings (Pamela Ethel, Kathie Ann, Evelyn Alice, Carolyn Jeannite, Freda Louise, and Garrett Floyd Jr.).