Anna Duggar wife of Josh Duggar has faced a challenging few years, particularly since her husband was incarcerated. With Josh serving time behind bars, Anna is now solely responsible for providing for their seven children. The question on everyone’s mind is: How is Anna managing to make ends meet?
Josh’s Conviction and Its Impact on the Family Finances
In May 2022, Josh was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for possessing and receiving child pornography. Despite Josh’s legal team asking for a five-year sentence, prosecutors demanded 20 years behind bars. Even after his release, Josh will be subject to 20 years of probation, and he cannot have unsupervised contact with minors, including his own children. He is also prohibited from owning an unapproved Internet-enabled device and must undergo lie detector tests to ensure compliance with all conditions.
Before his conviction, Josh was the primary breadwinner for the family. However, with his incarceration, Anna is now facing the challenge of supporting her family on her own. According to sources, Anna’s net worth is reportedly only $60,000. She has never held a job outside of her work as a full-time mom, so it’s safe to say that most of her wealth came from TLC. However, the network canceled “19 Kids and Counting,” and Anna’s sister-in-law, Jill Duggar, once revealed that they barely got paid for their appearances. The family patriarch, Jim Bob, allegedly refused to pay them despite earning somewhere between $25,000 to $45,000 per episode.
Anna’s Options for Making Money
It is unclear how Anna is managing to support all of her children, but she has the option to work as a teacher. “After high school, I did an online Christian college program in early childhood education,” she told the Duggar Family Fan Blog in 2016. However, it is unknown whether she has pursued this avenue for income.
Anna’s Support System
Perhaps Anna Duggar owes it all to the rest of the Duggar clan that she can keep her family afloat. When Josh Duggar was found guilty of child pornography charges in December 2021, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar pledged to support Anna and her children in a statement. “In the days ahead, we will do all we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support,” they said. “As parents, we will never stop praying for Joshua, and loving him, as we do all of our children.”
Jinger Duggar Vuolo another of Anna’s sisters-in-law expressed similar sentiments despite having already distanced herself from the rest of the Duggar clan. “We’re always here for them if they need anything,” she told E! News in February 2023. “And I hope that they would know that.”
Anna’s cousin-in-law, Jed Duggar, has also offered support, while Josh’s cousin, Amy, has publicly encouraged Anna to consider divorce. “The only people you would upset by leaving are the ones willing to sacrifice you and your children’s safety to protect Josh and his secrets,” she wrote on Instagram. She explained that she understands why Anna is shielding her kids from the gravity of the situation but that “you can’t protect them from the truth forever.”
Anna Duggar’s life has been turned upside down since her husband’s conviction and imprisonment. With seven children to raise and a net worth of only $60,000, it’s clear that Anna faces significant challenges in providing for her family. However, she has the support of her in-laws, who have pledged to be there for her and her children. While Anna’s options for work outside of the home may be limited, she has a background in early childhood education that could provide her with employment opportunities in the future. Despite the difficulties that lie ahead, Anna remains committed to being a loving and supportive mother to her children, and her strength and resilience in the face of adversity is truly inspiring.