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It’s been over a year since Derick Dillard was fired from Counting On after launching a bigoted social media tirade against fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.

Shortly after Derick was let go, his wife, Jill Duggar, quit the show as a gesture of solidarity.

Derick on the Job
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Many applauded Jill’s loyalty to her husband — but even more questioned the wisdom of her decision.

After all, Jill and Derick have two young children at home and no visible means of support.

Last year, Derick enrolled in law school, and while a J.D. will certainly increase his earning potential in the future, those earnings are still several years away.

Derick Dillard on Insta
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Jill has earned money as a midwife in the past, but Duggar women are discouraged from working outside the home.

So how is Derick supporting his family as he completes his education?

Well, law school is generally regarded as a full-time job, so like most students, it seems that Derick is not working at the moment.

Jill and Derick Posing
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(Of course, we think it’s safe to say most of Derick’s fellow students aren’t supporting two kids and a wife who’s not allowed to work.)

So how are the Dillards getting by these days?

Jim Bob claims he doesn’t support any of his children once they’re grown, but it seems hard to believe Jill and Derick are living entirely off his student loans.

Jill and Derick Selfie
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In all likelihood, it’s a combination of dwindling reality TV royalties and Jim Bob’d generosity that are keeping the Dillards afloat these days.

Derick has worked a couple "real" jobs in the years since he graduated from Oklahoma State University back in 2011.

Even so, he and Jill likely don’t have much in the way of savings.

Derick Dillard in Class
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Derick’s longest tenure was as an accountant at Wal-Mart, but he quit that gig after less than a year to go on a missionary trip with Jill.

These days, Derick is a licensed minister, but it seems no one is willing to pay him to spread the good word.

While it was Derick’s backward political beliefs that cost him his cushy reality TV gig, the father of two has shown no interest in backing off on expressing his views.

Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard Net Worth: Are They REALLY Broke?!
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"Interesting Constitutional Law class today on Roe v. Wade," he tweeted recently.

“Grateful for the evolution of science over the past 46 yrs, to better determine and communicate when life begins, so that we can be sure everyone’s rights are protected.”

Specifics on Jill and Derick’s life have been hard to come by since the couple was booted off TV, but according to their family blog, the Dillards are “look[ing] forward to seeing how God will continue to direct our family in this new chapter of life!”

As for how they’ll put food on the table in that new chapter — that’s anybody’s guess!