However, their relationship has been plagued with drama.
In 2015, Josh was in the center of two scandals, the first being about sexual abuse against his own sisters, and the other about his uncovered Ashley Madison account.
Rule 1: Courting is not dating; it’s “dating with a purpose.” There are two main distinctions that make dating different than courting, says Jim Bob.
And just like a high stakes basketball game, the Duggars’ style of courting involves plenty of rules, plus refereeing done under the watchful eyes of dad Jim Bob and mom Michelle.
caught up with Jim Bob and Michelle to learn more about their views on courting.
According to Jim Bob and Michelle, half of courtships don't turn into marriages — and that's OK. “A parent that loves and cares for their children, they want the best relationship for their child.
It’s fun to be involved in the whole process in choosing it.” Mackynzie, 7, Michael, 5, Marcus, 3, and Meredith, 1 (expecting a fifth) As the oldest Duggar child, Josh's courtship to Anna Keller (now Anna Duggar) was captured on cameras back when the show was still .
The couple was spotted together at Jinger and Jeremy's wedding, which is as close to a regular-person date as you can get.
It seems the Duggars are not only being more strict with Joy-Anna than with Hinger, but also waited longer to make the whole thing official.
“Even if it means having chaperones.” “Focus on getting to know each other as a person,” adds Ben Seewald, Jessa's husband, who goes on to spell it out even more clearly: “[Save] the physical intimacy for after the wedding day.” Whether Vuolo truly agrees with this or not, he's sticking to the company line, saying he really “appreciates the idea” of having chaperones.
“I think it’s wise and it’s certainly fun,” he says.
It's especially true, he adds, "when you have chaperones like [Jinger’s] brothers and sisters who you want to be around anyway.” Those who watch Counting On online know that Jinger's domineering father, Jim Bob Duggar, has been a human roadblock as well.
The Duggar family patriarch seems to only grudgingly approve of the pastor, or at least he thinks Jinger is moving too fast with him.