Here’s something you may not have thought would lead to divorce: mail-in DNA kits. Military leaders have spoken out in the news to suggest that military members don’t use these tools. Why? While they can be a fun way to learn about your heritage, they also could lead to unintended consequences by showing who you’re related to.
Take, for example, a DNA test you take to learn more about your family. You could be shocked to find out that your child, who was also give a test, isn’t actually related to you. You could find out that an aunt or uncle is not who you thought they were or that you are actually related to your spouse and didn’t know it. All of these potential issues are why the military has suggestion caution.
Even worse is the risk of taking a DNA test that shows that a spouse has a risk of a genetic disease or cancer. Some people have divorced after finding these things out because they’re not ready to commit to someone who could have these diseases or pass them on to their children.
A DNA test can be a security risk for military members, too. On 2018 test showed an interactive map of where troops were running at an overseas base. That information could be extremely harmful in the wrong hands.
At the end of the day, DNA can be used to make your life more interesting, but it can also lead to family disputes. If you want to divorce over it, you may want to consider discussing your case with your attorney.