ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Jon Gosselin says he plans to sue ex-wife Kate for primary custody of their eight children because her appearances on "Dancing With the Stars" have turned her into an absentee mom.

Jon Gosselin's lawyer Anthony List tells The Associated Press he plans to file papers in Berks County Court in Pennsylvania this week to reopen their divorce settlement.

List said Tuesday that Kate Gosselin's participation in the hit ABC dance competition show has taken her away from the children. He says she has delegated most child-rearing responsibilities to three nannies.

Kate Gosselin's attorney Mark Momjian calls the allegation reckless and "patently false."

The two formerly starred on the reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8." The pending court petition was first reported by celebrity gossip site