Nicholas L. Bourdeau, CPA/ABV, CFEContact Nick Bourdeau

Nicholas L. Bourdeau
Bourdeau Conflict Relief, pllp
PO Box 6363
Great Falls, MT 59406
Phone: (406) 727-8365
Fax: (406) 727-3708




The Determination of Income for Child Support is designed for child support investigators. It is designed for those individuals who have the responsibility for determining the amount of income a parent has available to pay child support. The manual is for investigators in child support enforcement agencies, paralegals, private investigators, financial investigators, CPAs, and attorneys. The Determination of Income for Child Support does not assume a high level of expertise on the part of the user. Each section starts with the basics and proceeds to the more complex. The manual has been reviewed extensively to eliminate financial jargon and legalese. The goal was that anyone with a basic understanding of their own finances could use this manual to complete a child support investigation.

Nick is a veteran of over one thousand family law engagements and has provided testimony over one hundred and fifty times. He has been a contract instructor for child support enforcement agencies, teaching investigators how to determine the income of parents. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuations (ABV), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and has published and continues to develop software that computes child support. This manual takes the sum of his experience and training and focuses it on the subject of the determination of income for child support.

The underlying concept throughout the manual is the determination of economic income or income available for child support. The terms are used interchangeably. This income may differ significantly from taxable income, net income, positive cash flow, net revenue or any other number of terms used to indicate income. Economic income as it is pursued in this manual may differ from the income that is mandated by local regulations. Since it is not possible to address every difference in every regulation in this manual, it is the responsibility of investigators to know and understand the differences. Local regulations and case law take precedent over any economic theory.

The manual makes extensive use of current tax reporting forms, and describes line by line the problems investigators may encounter. The manual has numerous true-to-life examples, many of which take the investigator through the initial receipt of the case through final disposition. The examples and the associated characters in this manual are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people or events is purely coincidental.

Included with the sturdy 3-ring binder is an intuitive, full-text CD that may be searched by key work, case name, topic or form. The book and CD, along with it's annual updates may be purchased from:

James Publishing, Inc.