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Mayor will pay partial back support to wife, hearing postponed

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GREENSBORO — A court hearing for Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins concerning child support and alimony has been postponed until August 5.

In the meantime he will pay $1,731 in post separation support due his ex-wife Carole Perkins for the month of July and will discuss payment arrangements with his daughter’s school.

The decision came Tuesday in Guilford County District Court in Greensboro, a day after Perkins had filed to run for a second term as mayor.

In a motion filed earlier this month, Carole Perkins alleges that the mayor owes more than $12,000 in post-separation support.

Robbie and Carole Perkins separated in 2011 and divorced earlier this year.

They married in 1988 and have three children. Robbie Perkins also has two children from a previous marriage.

Robbie Perkins disputes the amount owed and is seeking to lower alimony and child support payments.

He filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and his condo at Center Pointe tower in downtown Greensboro is in the process of being foreclosed on.

“I’m a commission salesperson,” he said outside the courtroom Tuesday. “I get paid when a deal is closed, not a regular salary. I have ups and downs in my income.”

A hearing on the alimony and child support had been scheduled for Tuesday, but Robbie Perkins sought a delay. His attorney Barbara Morgenstern said in court Tuesday morning she only found out about the hearing two weeks ago, and mentioned that Robbie Perkins bankruptcy attorney was not available to testify about the mayor’s financial condition.

Robbie Perkins said the lawyer was attending to a federal case in Charlotte, Tuesday.

Judge Tom Foster had initially declined to postpone the hearing. But after attorneys for both sides spent most of the morning and early afternoon trying to hammer out an agreement, concerns were raised over how Perkins would be able to pay more than $30,000 owed to Greensboro Day School, and the hearing ended up being pushed back.

Robbie and Carole Perkins sat on opposite sides of the courtroom Tuesday and mostly kept their distance in the hallway outside, though they did have a brief exchange about school fees and some other matters.


Update — Mayor Robbie Perkins has agreed to pay $1,731 in post separation support due his wife for the month of July and will discuss payment arrangements with his children's school.

The information came during a hearing in Greensboro. Attorneys agreed to postpone the rest of a contempt hearing until Aug. 5.

More information will be posted here as details become available.


GREENSBORO − A judge in Guilford County District Court this morning declined to postpone a contempt hearing for Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins concerning child support and alimony that his ex-wife says he owes.

Perkins and his wife Carole Perkins separated in 2011 and divorced earlier this year.

They had been married since 1988 and have three children.

In a motion filed by Carole Perkins, she alleges that the mayor owes more than $12,000 in post-separation support.

Robbie Perkins disputes the amount owed.

He had sought to delay a hearing on the matter. Perkins' attorney Barbara Morgenstern said this morning she only found out about today's hearing two weeks ago, and mentioned that Perkins' bankruptcy attorney was not available this morning to testify about the mayor's financial condition. Perkins said his bankruptcy attorney was attending to a federal case in Charlotte today.

Perkins filed for bankruptcy in April, and his condo at Center Pointe tower in downtown Greensboro is in the process of being foreclosed on.

After Judge Tom Foster declined to continue the hearing, attorneys met to try to hammer out an agreement. They will reconvene at 2 p.m.

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