Kody Brown, star of TLC’s “Sister Wives,” divorced his first wife, Meri, to legally marry his fourth wife, Robyn, and formally adopt her three children from a previous marriage, says the International Business Times. In the season 5 finale, it was revealed that the divorce was Meri Brown’s idea.
TLC's "Sister Wives" is a television program about the lives of a polygamist family from Utah, starring Kody Brown and his four wives. Kody and his first wife, Meri, were legally married for 24 years until their divorce in the fall of 2014. Each of Meri’s “sister wives,” Janelle, Christine and Robyn, were “spiritually married” to Kody and therefore had no legal or official rights as his wives. In order for Robyn’s three oldest children to receive the same legal protections and benefits as Kody and Robyn’s only child together, it was necessary for Robyn to become Kody’s legal wife.
Kody married Robyn a few months after the quiet divorce from Meri. In early February 2015, the Brown’s issued a statement regarding the new marital arrangements. They revealed only that they had decided to “legally restructure” the family, according to People magazine.
In the season 5 finale, Meri revealed that she sought out a lawyer to discuss getting a divorce from Kody. She felt strongly that Robyn's children needed to be part of the family. Robyn was shocked but grateful for Meri's decision.