The Austrian legal system offers several options for out-of-court settlement of family disputes. These include court settlement, prefectural settlement and mediation. Each of these methods is related to the fulfillment of specific conditions that are included in the Code of Civil Procedure and several other acts. They make the legal dispute between the parties less time-consuming, its solution less expensive, and the parties bear less risk that these solutions will be less satisfactory than those imposed by the court as a result of the proceedings.
This expert opinion presents judicial and extrajudicial methods of resolving family conflicts in Austria. It characterizes their legal basis, as well as the advantages of using a given form and their institutional characteristics in this country.