A judge in Nashville, Tenn., has refused country music singer Lynn Anderson's request to disqualify her ex-husband's attorney in a court battle over custody of the couple's two children.

Circuit Judge Muriel Robinson Rice declined Friday to bar Jim Doramus as attorney for Miss Anderson's former husband, Harold "Spook" Stream III.Miss Anderson's lawyer wanted Doramus disqualified from the case because he was a partner in the same Nashville law that represented the singer in an 1983 custody dispute with Stream.

Rice ruled there was no proof Doramus was involved in the 1983 custody case.

Miss Anderson is best known for her hit 1970 song, "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden." She also sang on "The Lawrence Welk Show" from 1967 to 1969.

Miss Anderson and Stream were married in 1978 and divorced in 1982.