In May 2013, the US state of Alabama was the 8th state to join the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) in order to facilitate the use of collaborative practice in family disputes. The Act was introduced as HB 396 and is meant to provide a framework for parties and their collaborative lawyers which eases entering into the procedural agreements and ensures complete voluntariness of participation. After the Act, whatever any party says in the collaborative process cannot be used in court. Other US states are expected to follow Alabama in enacting similar laws.