DNA & Divorce: cigarettes, spit, dental floss, bed sheets and briefs can be used against you in a divorce

DNA has been mainstream since the first OJ Simpson case. The science introduced the country to a lawyer by the name of Barry Scheck, a DNA legal specialist who also helped free Louise Woodward the British au pair who was accused, convicted and then acquitted of shaking a baby to his death in Boston Massachusetts.
Today, DNA evidence extracted from cigarettes, sheets, clothing, cups, spit and other means are increasingly being used in all types of cases, including matrimonial actions where one spouse is trying to prove that the other spouse was unfaithful, or even, in some cases (like the case of Kirk Kerkorian and Lisa Bonder Kerkorian where dental floss was the modus operandi) to disprove or prove paternity.
The way DNA evidence is gathered should give everyone pause, but in particular, those who have something to hide. I was just reading on First Wives World of this Israeli wife who took her husband’s boxers for DNA testing and discovered, in fact, the genetic acid of another woman in his briefs. The same woman is also said to have taken her saliva and a couple of her husband’s cigarette butts and together, the stew confirmed her worse suspicions.
There have also been cases where a wife took the bed sheets in her home in Vermont for DNA testing, and was able to bust her husband’s cheating ring.
The morale of the story: You have to be careful with wiretapping. But nothing in the world stops you from using all your craftiest moves to trap him into a confession, once you have DNA evidence on your side. Spit, hair, fluids, fingerprints, and other identifying characteristics are increasingly becoming fair game in modern divorce warfare.
Soon, “scent” DNA will become an issue too. They are working on the technology as we speak.