Sister Wives' Meri Brown shares emotional details of polygamist adoption

Oct 28, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. ET
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A judge has made a decision in the Sister Wives adoption.

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Now that Kody Brown is the legal father of the three children of his fourth wife, Robyn, his other wives are speaking out about the emotional details of the adoption and what it means for their polygamist family.

It’s been a long journey for the Browns — Kody had to divorce his first wife, Meri, in order to legally marry Robyn, who until that point was his “spiritual wife,” just to make the adoption a legal possibility.

"We had to do the restructuring so that we would do the adoption," Meri says in a new interview with People magazine. "That was something that I decided to do just for the purpose of the kids. And the adoption, it was something that I knew that they wanted to have their legal name Brown. They really wanted to be adopted."

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Prior to the divorce, Meri and Kody were married for more than 20 years. Still, the “restructuring” was her idea, she said.

"It was a really sweet offer and, as far as polygamous relationships go, I don't know of any other family that has done this," says Kody's third wife, Christine, added. "Where another wife has given up a legal marriage so he can marry another wife and that way they can adopt the kids. This isn't something that happens so it was really sweet and generous."

The adoption was made official on June 17, marking a big moment for the family. But according to Robyn, it was a big moment for plural families everywhere.

"Usually when a plural family goes into a court room they are tearing apart a family so we were really nervous going in," she said. "But here we were the whole family and we were uniting our family. It was really cool for us. Very much a validation of our family."

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