‘Sister Wives’ Shocker: Kody Brown Divorcing Meri So That He Can Legally Marry Another Woman

TLC’s Sister Wives is never short on drama or tension, but it’s surprising that Kody Brown’s family survived something that happened last year. It’s no secret that fourth wife Robyn is Kody’s favorite, and last December she was given something that two of his wives never had — legal status as Kody’s wife.

Starcasm recently shared copies of court documents that show that there was a huge change in dynamics in the Sister Wives household last September. This is when Kody and Meri Brown filed their joint Petition for Divorce. However, they’re still together — Meri shared the tweet below proving that Kody took her out on a birthday date on January 17.

It would have been nice for Kody to divorce Meri so that all his wives would feel equal, but this isn’t what happened. Instead he turned around and legally married Robyn on December 11. Kody’s two other wives, Janelle and Christine, had to be just a tad hurt by that move — neither one of them has ever been legally married to Kody. Last September, Robyn shared a tweet that was probably about Meri and Kody’s divorce.

There’s some speculation that Kody didn’t marry Robyn just because the shiny new wife is his favorite — the Sister Wives stars probably saw the divorce and marriage as a beneficial move for the family.

“Kody could have legally married Robyn to procure better insurance for her three children from a previous marriage,” Reality Tea speculates.

Robyn’s son, Dayton, does have numerous medical issues, so perhaps he’s the reason Robyn scored that coveted legally married status. Robyn is also divorced, and it’s possible that there’s a so-called “morality clause” in her divorce decree that forbids her from cohabitation with someone of the opposite sex. Perhaps her allegedly abusive ex-husband, David Jessop, is suddenly taking issue with her living arrangements, and maybe Robyn and Kody saw marriage as a way to keep Jessop from trying to meddle with their lives.

Even if it was simply a strategic move, Meri has to be just a bit hurt by it. According to Enstarz, she has admitted that being a sister wife can be painful, and sometimes she suffers from a severe lack of affection from Kody.

“I’m happy on the good days and when Kody shows love and affection, but on a bad day, I question my importance to the family and if Kody still cares about me.”


The Sister Wives stars have been embroiled in a legal battle over Utah’s polygamy laws, but they’re simply fighting for a polygamist’s right to live with multiple partners, not to legally marry more than one person. And based on how much tension there is on Sister Wives, Kody Brown probably shouldn’t legally marry each of the women in his life. As The Hollywood Gossip points out, “the Browns felt like they were on the cusp of a nervous breakdown” during the last episode of the TLC show. It’s a miracle one or more of the wives hasn’t decided to simply walk away from all the drama and heartbreak, and it wouldn’t be shocking if one of them decides to do so in the future.

Robyn didn’t just score a special piece of paper that sets her apart from her sister wives. According to Zap2it, she’s getting her own special episode of Sister Wives titled “Robyn: Behind the Scenes.” It will air after a second new episode titled “Anthropologists Move In.”

“The Browns allow two anthropology students to get an unfiltered look at their polygamist lifestyle,” the plot synopsis reads. Both episodes will air February 8 starting at 9 p.m. ET.

What do you think of Kody’s decision to divorce Meri and marry Robyn? Should the other sister wives be upset by this move?

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