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"The trial court has jurisdiction to clarify an ambiguous judgment at any time." Sosin v. Sosin, 300 Conn. 205, 218, 14 A.3d 307, 316 (2011).

"Motions for interpretation or clarification, although not specifically described in the rules of practice, are commonly considered by trial courts and are procedurally proper." Holcombe v. Holcombe, 22 Conn. App. 363, 366, 576 A.2d 1317, 1319 (1990).

"[T]he purpose of a clarification is to take a prior statement, decision or order and make it easier to understand. Motions for clarification, therefore, may be appropriate where there is an ambiguous term in a judgment or decision ... but, not where the movant's request would cause a substantive change in the existing decision. Moreover, motions for clarification may be made at any time and are grounded in the trial court's equitable authority to protect the integrity of its judgments." Light v. Grimes, 136 Conn. App. 161, 166, 43 A.3d 808, 812, cert. denied, 305 Conn. 926 (2012). (Internal quotation marks omitted.)


Connecticut Practice, Family Law and Practice with Forms (3d ed. 2010).

  • Chapter 52. Post-Judgment Motions

    • Sec. 52.3. Motion for Articulation or Clarification

LexisNexis Practice Guide: Connecticut Family Law (2023 edition).

  • Chapter 16. Appellate Procedure

  • Sec. 16.13. Filing a Motion for Clarification

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