While Kody Brown is only legally married to one of his wives, let’s just say it’s a bit more complicated than that. In 1990, Kody legally married his first wife, Meri Brown, per Today. When Janelle and Christine Brown entered the picture in 1993 and 1994, respectively, the two spiritually married Kody, while he remained legally married to Meri. From there, Kody and the wives’ relationships stayed this way for more than a decade. But that all changed in 2010 when Robyn Brown entered the picture.
After meeting through mutual friends, Kody wanted to add Robyn as his fourth wife. With all the sister wives’ approval, Robyn became the fourth wife. But there was one problem; before meeting Kody, Robyn was married to David Jessop, and the two had three children. Kody knew that if they were only spiritually married, Robyn’s three kids would not legally be a part of their family, per TMZ, so he asked Meri for a divorce so that he could legally marry Robyn instead — and Meri agreed. But while the new marriage between Kody and Robyn seemed fine between all the sister wives, it would only go downhill from there.