§580-24 Allowance for spouse and family. Every person who is deceived into contracting an illegal marriage with a man or woman having another spouse living, under the belief that he or she was unmarried, may be entitled to a just allowance for the support of the deceived spouse and family out of the property of the deceiving spouse, which the deceived spouse may obtain at any time after action commenced upon application to the family court having jurisdiction. In addition to the allowance, the court may also compel the defendant to advance reasonable amounts for the compensation of witnesses and other reasonable expenses of trial to be incurred by the plaintiff. [CC 1859, §1316; am L 1903, c 22, §3; am L 1919, c 43, §1; RL 1925, §2958; RL 1935, §4453; RL 1945, §12204; RL 1955, §324-4; am L 1966, c 22, §6; HRS §580-24; am L 1973, c 211, §5(k); am L 1974, c 65, pt of §2]
Cited: 3 H. 489, 495 (1873); 20 H. 633, 637 (1911).