The stars of TLC’s reality series, “Sister Wives,” are perhaps among the most controversial personalities on television today. The reasons? Well, let’s just say Kody Brown and his family practice Polygamy and their family drama attracted the attention of several viewers.

If you are following the series, however, you’ll surely have some questions in mind such as the legality of polygamy in the United States. Or perhaps, you are wondering if the family is living in peace despite Kody having four different wives. Fortunately, a new report has emerged that sheds some light on some important details about the reality TV family.

The sister wives and their children

The TLC reality series, “Sister Wives,” depicted the story of polygamist Kody Brown and his four wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn. According to In Touch Weekly, Kody married his first wife Meri in 1990 but they got divorced in 2015. Although the couple is still together, they decided to legally separate so Kody could marry his fourth wife and officially adopt her three children from a previous relationship.

Second wife Janelle, on the other hand, joined the family in 1993. Just a year later in 1994, third sister wife Christine became officially part of the polygamist household.

But after 16 years, Kody added a fourth wife, Robyn, in 2010.

The family had a total of 18 children, and 15 of them are Kody’s biological kids. With Meri, they had one daughter, 22-year-old Mariah. As for Janelle, they had a total of six kids — 23-year-old Logan, 21-year-old Maddie, 20-year-old Hunter, 19-year-old Garrison, 16-year-old Gabriel and 12-year-old Savannah.

Christine and Kody also had six kids — 22-year-old Aspyn, 21-year-old Mykelti, 19-year-old Paedon, 16-year-old Gwendolyn, 14-year-old Ysabel and 7-year-old Truely. As with Robyn, she gave him two biological children — 5-year-old Solomon and 1-year-old Ariella. But Robyn’s other children from a previous relationship are also part of the family since Kody had officially adopted them and they are 17-year-old Dayton, 15-year-old Aurora, and 12-year-old Breanna.

Aren’t actually siblings?

Despite being called the sister wives, the four Brown matriarchs are not actually sisters. They are just married to one man but only one of them is married legally, the others are married to Kody spiritually.

In addition, the wives also do not sleep together and since the family is not practicing polyamory, they are not romantically involved with each other. The wives also have their own respective houses in Las Vegas and the polygamist family patriarch reportedly rotates between the houses.

Is it real and legal?

Even though there are claims saying the family drama was fake, the reality series is not scripted. In Touch Weekly even said that the series “might be one of the most real reality TV show around.” As for the legality of the polygamy practices in the United States, having several wives is not currently legal in the country.

That is why the family left Utah because of the state’s strict anti-polygamy laws. Even though the family sued the state in 2011, CNN revealed that a new and stricter Utah bigamy law was passed in the Senate. Luckily, Las Vegas is less strict when it comes to the polygamy practice. As long as Kody is only legally married to one of his wives, his family is not breaking any laws in the state of Nevada.