Jan Karon's first marriage lasted for approximately seven years. She married at 14 and was divorced at the age of 21, four years after giving birth to her daughter. Jan Karon's first husband was named Romeo and the wedding happened due to pro-marriage laws.
Prior to her first divorce, Karon's relationship with her husband had already begun to turn sour. While Karon attempted to mend her relationship with her husband after he was paralyzed due to a gun shot, the marriage still ended in divorce. As of 2015, Jan Karon had two more marriages after her first, all of which ended in divorce.