While no one reason has been publicly given for the ending of Dr. Phil's first marriage, he has stated it was mutual and amicable, while his ex-wife claims he was interested in other women. After four years of matrimony, the marriage was annulled by a Kansas court in December 1973.
Dr. Phil married Debbie Higgins McCall soon after graduating from high school. In a 2002 Newsweek interview, he attributed the failure of the marriage to their relative lack of maturity and foresight. Debbie Higgins McCall, however, attributes the break-up to Dr. Phil's wandering eye. She claims that he was repeatedly unfaithful. Dr. Phil met his second wife, Robin Jo McGraw, while in the process of annulling his marriage to Debbie McCall.