Ryan Dobson divorced Cezanne N. Williams, also known as Danita Williams, in 2001; the two had married in 1999. According to Dobson, he can't legally reveal much information about the divorce due to its terms, but he has said he lost a significant amount of money because of it.
Dobson and Williams attended Biola University, a private Christian university in La Mirada, California. Williams was a senior in 1993 and assistant manager of the women's soccer team in 1994. Dobson was a team manager for the women's soccer team that year and graduated from the university in 1995.
Dobson states that the couple bought a house shortly before the divorce. Due to the laws in California, they split assets after the divorce, which led to his loss of money.
Dobson remarried in 2005. Dobson and his new wife, Laura, have a child together named Lincoln Cash.
James and Shirley Dobson adopted Ryan when he was a child. Dobson says that he spent his youth rebelling, until 2002, when he began performing as a Christian youth lecturer. He also signed a book deal, and released his first book, "Be Intolerant: Because Some Things Are Just Stupid," in 2003.
Dobson has conservative Christian views, which he shares in his lectures and book. He has received criticism from those who accuse him of hypocrisy due to his divorce.