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Christine Brown and her former sister wives aren’t sure what actually constitutes a divorce in a spiritual marriage.
On Sunday’s episode of the TLC series, Kody Brown’s fourth wife, Robyn, opened up about her feelings about Christine’s divorce from Kody after 26 years of marriage.
“Usually our church [be the one to] say you are divorced,” Robyn told Christine, Kody and his other wives Janelle and Meri. “You have to go and ask for a divorce. You have to get papers, you have to get approval. You have to prove that the marriage is broken.”
But, she told Christine, “It’s a little different, I guess, because you don’t consider yourself part of this church anymore.”
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Last November, Christine announced on Instagram that her spiritual marriage to Kody was over. In September 2021, she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and still lives there with her 12-year-old daughter Truely. (The exes are also parents to son Paedon, 24, and daughters Aspyn, 27, Mykelti, 26, Gwendlyn, 20, and Ysabel, 19. Kody has a total of 18 children between the women.)
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“Just the fact that Christine says she’s divorced somehow invalidates our beliefs,” Robyn said in a confessional. “We are spiritually married to Kody through our church. If we want a divorce, we have to get their approval. Usually they need counseling, lots of meetings and technically, from what I understand, until that Christine is physical with another man. not divorced. But I don’t know.
Bryant Livingston/TLC/Everett Kody Brown (center), flanked by Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn Brown
For Christine, who is no longer a member of the fundamentalist Mormon faith and was never legally married to Kody, her divorce took effect when she decided the marriage was over.
“Since I don’t have any legal contract binding me to Kody, we didn’t have to go through any legal process,” she explained.
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During the episode, Christine also revealed to the family that she sold her house in Flagstaff, Arizona and was moving to Utah in a week.
“This conversation is not going to be easy,” she said. “It’s not just that my house is under contract, it’s that I’m leaving. It’s kind of a thing that pulls the rug out from under them.”
Kim Raff Christine Brown
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Despite the difficulty of ending her plural marriage and starting over, Christine knew the decision was the right one.
“I was 21 when I got married. I’m 49. I’m doing it again,” she said in a confessional. “All I know is that I’m moving on and heading for something better. I know I’m heading for something better. And that’s enough most of the time.”
She continued, “I know without a doubt that I’ve tried for years to make it work. I have peace of mind knowing that I did my best. If people want to look at me and think otherwise, OK — I can’t make being a mother my most important thing, but I couldn’t in good conscience stay married to someone who had sideburns and made her known and someone who broke the hearts of my children. them instead, and I wanted to do it for them.”
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sister wives airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.
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