(1) For a civil matter such as a divorce and the related issues (custody, equitable distribution, etc.), a warrant for his arrest cannot be issued if he does not appear. A warrant for his arrest could be issues if he does not show up for a contempt hearing if the other side has filed a motion for contempt or the court has issued an order to appear and show cause.
(2) It would be best if he had a lawyer to represent him who can appear for him on non-essential court matters and can help him determine when his presence is absolutely needed. A lawyer in NC can represent a non-NC resident in a divorce case that is pending in NC.
(3) If he does not show up in court, absent a contempt issue, it is likely that the judge will order everything that the wife is asking for.
He should call the clerk’s office to see if any court sessions are being held virtually via Webex. If so, he can still appear. But if the issue calendared is for a trial and Webex is not available, he will need to be present so he can testify, present evidence, and cross examine witnesses.
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