Recently, the news broke that Kody Brown and "official" wife Meri Brown secretly divorced, and Kody's now married to fourth wife Robyn.
The story being spun by the family is that Kody and Robyn need to be married in order to get benefits for Robyn's kids, or so Kody can legally adopt them. While I don't doubt that Kody would absolutely adopt Robyn's kids, I call BS on this reasoning. Also, as the linked article points out, Kody is self-employed so he doesn't get benefits from an employer.
We all know that Meri's been unhappy in her relationship for a while. I would say that this is her first step to leaving the family. She may stay in the cul-de-sac house after she and Kody are separated, and I think she will after how much she fought for all of the amenities in her home, but she and Kody will probably discontinue any kind of romantic relationship. She'll stick around for a while so Mariah can visit her siblings and so she can remain close with her sister wives and their kids. But in a few years, I see her moving away to pursue her own life.
Of course, this is just speculation, but can you really imagine Meri giving up her right as the first and only 'real' wife to Robyn? Either Meri wants out or Robyn has her totally brainwashed. She seems to be close to Robyn and all, but I can't imagine a happily married Meri giving up her marriage for this. Plus, this means Robyn can no longer file her taxes as a single mother, so she'll lose a bunch of tax deductions, right? Again, I'm not buying into the strategy they're giving us.
This has to be tough on Jenelle and Christine, because there's supposed to be an order to things, at least from what I understand. This completely bypasses them! If I were one of them, I'd be pretty upset about all of this. Then again, I can't truly understand their perspective because I'm not in a polygamist relationship.
I wish all the best to all of the Browns, but they've put their lives on TV - it's crazy to expect privacy in matters such as this one (and feed us lies or at least half-truths) when the rest of their lives are public.
Here's some info that may help you decide what happened in this saga.