Counting On 's Jill Duggar Recalls "Toxic" Relationship With Dad Jim Bob Duggar

More details about Jill Duggar's fallout from her family have been unearthed, court documents show.
On May 12, E! News obtained previously sealed court documents containing quotes the Counting On graduate student gave to a psychologist as part of her 2017 lawsuit against Arkansas City of Springdale and Washington County officials. In the November 2021 filing, Jill was quoted as saying that her relationship with her father, Jim Bob Duggar, became "pretty toxic" after she and her husband, Derick Dillard, began making family decisions that didn't necessarily align with the views of the patriarch of 19 Kids and Counting matched .
"I saw a whole new side to my father when my husband and I started making decisions that were best for our family but not in his best interests," Jill told the psychologist, according to the filing. "Unfortunately, I found that he had become quite controlling, fearful and reactionary."
Jill claimed Jim Bob was "offensive" at times and was quoted as describing their relationship as "not good".
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"We occasionally post in a family group thread, but I don't feel comfortable being around him and just hanging out," the documents read. “He was verbally abusive. It's not good for my mental health right now."
The court filing also states that Jill's claims were supported by Derick, who testified that Jim Bob did not approve of his daughter wearing a nose ring, drinking alcohol or wearing pants.
E! News reached out to Jim Bob's rep for comment and has not yet received a response.
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Jill first filed the lawsuit against Springfield in 2017 alongside her sisters Jessa, Jinger and Joy-Anna Duggar, alleging they suffered emotional distress when 2015 police records alleging that their older brother Josh Duggar inappropriately touched five underage girls , shared with the public. Following the release of the recordings, Jill and Jessa emerged as two of his alleged victims.
The Duggar sister's lawsuit was dismissed by a judge in February this year, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Back in 2015, after the police report surfaced, Josh told People in a statement, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably, which I am deeply sorry for and deeply regret." He said he had the authorities "confessed my wrongdoing".
In the past, Jill has been open about her strained relationships with certain members of her family. She revealed in 2020 that she had "distanced" herself from the clan, sharing that she and Derick "didn't have the best of relationships with some of my family members" after having "some disagreements."
Jill later said she hadn't visited the Duggar family home in "a couple of years," explaining that she and her husband decided instead to "priority to our mental health, emotional health and all of that."
She added, "Our threshold — we like to call it — is just a little bit lower for us at this stage of life as there's a lot going on in our own lives."
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