It’s a giant round of hugs and high fives for selfless Meri, whose decision to divorce Kody pays off when Robyn’s absentee ex husband finally gives permission for Kody to adopt his three kids.
You’ve got to hand it to Kody Brown‘s first wife Meri, who volunteered to divorce her Sister Wives husband with the hope that fourth wife Robyn and Kody could legally marry and be able to adopt Robyn’s children from her first marriage. It was a long shot, but it was the only way that the Brown family could have any chance of legally making Robyn’s three children a part of their family.
Robyn’s ex was notoriously a deadbeat dad who sadly rarely saw his three children and had barely paid a nickel in child support in years. Still, it’s one thing to not see or support your children, but it’s another to legally sign away your rights as a father. Because it was such a long shot, it made Meri’s sacrifice — legally divorcing the man she loves — all the more profound. But the Browns got the news they’d been praying for midway through last night’s Oct. 6 episode, and there were tears all around.
When Robyn gets the big call from her lawyer that her ex, Preston, has signed the essential legal documents, she and Kody first want to share it with Meri ASAP — which is only right. “It’s about showing gratitude to Meri,” Kody explains. But it’s third wife Christine who unexpectedly has the biggest breakdown: “Meri, your divorce was worth it,” she cries when she hears the fabulous news. But even more moving are the thankful reactions from Robyn’s three children, who Kody has raised as his own as an involved father since he married their mom five years ago. “I’m so happy,” Aurora, 13, said through her tears. “It’s hard to talk. It’s very much a dream come true.”
Robyn’s son Dayton, 15, wasn’t as effusive but couldn’t wait to give Kody a hug, and little Breann, 9, was thrilled that she could now potentially be an official part of the Brown family. Of course, this isn’t a done deal for the Browns. They may have the permission of Robyn’s ex to adopt the three children, BUT the polygamous parents still have to get the stamp of legal approval from a Nevada judge, which could be a big hurdle.
Will The Judge Let Robyn’s Children Officially Become Browns?
“We don’t know how a judge will feel about plural families,” worries Kody. And of course, that’s hugely true. Will a potentially close-minded judge give a thumbs-down to the adoption plans? That would be devastating to the family, especially to Robyn’s children who could be torn away from their half sibling Solomon, 3 — whose biological dad is Kody — and the rest of the Browns, if their mother died.
Of course, biological dad Preston hasn’t exactly been there for them in years. Nevertheless, despite signing away legal rights to the kids, he still says that he wants to see and talk to them. Aurora actually calls her bio dad to thank him for his surprising move and despite his uninvolved parenting, he has proved that deep down, he still loves his children. “It wasn’t what I wanted to do but it was the right thing to do,” he explains to his daughter. “I love you guys and you wanted this.”
In other Brown family news, the clan spent the rest of the episode quarreling and losing sleep over building two big boats out of cardboard to race in a local “Pirate Fest”. What is with this family? They are always staying up all night doing exhausting, unnecessarily stressful activities like driving cross country, sewing party dresses and now this. Nevertheless, seeing Kody in a Viking helmet is almost worth waiting for and watching his kids paddle one of their boats in circles IS hysterical. You can’t help rooting for them, and especially as they prepare to face that judge, who will decide if Aurora, Dayton and Breann can officially be Browns. Fingers crossed.
Do you agree, Hollywoodlifers — should Robyn’s kids be legally adopted by Kody? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller