is candidate for district court judgeAttorney Charles B. Sanchez, longtime domestic violence commissioner for the 13th Judicial District, has announced his candidacy for the recently created position of District Court Judge, Family Division.He
is a Democrat.
The 13th Judicial District includes Valencia, Sandoval and Cibola counties. Sanchez has been an attorney for 23 years, having graduated from New Mexico State University in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in government.He attended Drake University Law School and graduated in 1980. Sanchez is a former public defender for the 13th and 7th Judicial Districts and also served as Belen city attorney for several years.He
completed advanced course work in family law issues, including domestic violence, at the National Judicial College
in Reno, Nev., in 1998.
A family law judge determines child custody, support, time-sharing and various other domestic issues in divorces and paternity actions that must be resolved by the court system, he
said in a news release.Sanchez
said that, as a domestic violence commissioner, he
has been making these decisions for years. He
believes that individuals "should be given every opportunity to try and reach an amicable solution to their differences without the court system having to make a decision that so profoundly affects their lives."He
believes that mediation and other tools available through the courts should be utilized.
"Preservation of the family is always a desired outcome of cases," Sanchez
said."How-ever, when measures fail, the best interests of the children are addressed first and then the remaining issues are resolved." Sanchez, who is a member of the family law section of the State Bar Association and past president of the Valencia County Bar Association, said he has either represented individuals in or presided over several thousand family law cases during his career. Sanchez
wife, Juanita, have three children, Christy, Justine and Ben.